OpenVMS is the current hot topic among computer engineering students at Italy's Politecnico di Torino, which is the first university to fully implement the HP OpenVMS on Integrity servers Open Source
Porting Program. Under the initiative, HP is placing two rx2600 Integrity servers and two Alpha XP1000 workstations at the university to support classroom and graduate projects that port open source
applications—typically running on Linux or Open64—to OpenVMS. "It's a great opportunity for Politecnico di Torino and HP," says OpenVMS ambassador Massimo Belloni, "The university
students get the chance to use leading-edge equipment and the latest OpenVMS developers' version 8.1 for Integrity servers, and HP gains a range of new, capable applications that run on OpenVMS." In
addition, Corporate OpenVMS Engineering and local OpenVMS ambassadors provide direct support to students, preparing them for a successful future in the computer industry.
The university is initially focusing on open source compilers and security applications. "Our students are thrilled to be able to consult with HP OpenVMS engineers in Nashua, New Hampshire—very
few universities can offer this kind of opportunity," says Vice Chancellor and Professor Marco Mezzalama, "Moreover, OpenVMS has an easy to understand internal structure that makes it an excellent
operating system for teaching." As the university ports applications to OpenVMS so that they can run as executables, HP anticipates making these programs available to customers.