The OpenVMS SIG has once again put together an interesting program for the IT Symposium 2024.
The program items are currently being finalized. Check back.


Workshop and Sessions on Monday

  OpenVMS on VMplayer and Virtual Box
   Martin Vorländer and Andreas Kämpfe 

Setting up VMware Workstation Player for VSI OpenVMS x86

A hands-on for configuring VMware Workstation Player 16 (processors, hard disks, CD/DVD drives, network adapters, and serial ports) to pla nicely with VSI OpenVMS x86 V9.2-1.

Virtual Box

A hands-on for configuring OpenVMS X86 with Oracle VM VirtualBox including PuTTY Terminal Setup

   OpenVMS and OpenSource
   Peter Ranisch, IT Consulting GmbH

This session will give you a brief overview about OpenSource Software availbilty for OpenVMS X86


Sessions on Tuesday

   VSI Business update
    Jan Magnusson, VSI

Our 2024 strategy is all about helping customers get to OpenVMS on x86, in order to protect the value of their application investments. We will give you an overview of how VSI can help customers from a business perspective.

   Technical update
    Camiel Vanderhoeven, VSI

We will provide you with a technical update on the state of OpenVMS on x86, and go into the technicalities of getting to OpenVMS on x86. How do you get OpenVMS on x86 to run reliably in a production environment?

   What we (I) learned from the port
    Camiel Vanderhoeven, VSI

We will present several things that surprised us (me), or that we (I) underestimated, like the benefits of developing and debugging on virtual machines, the complexity of shoehorning OpenVMS onto the x86 architecture, and how unified UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) really is.

   OpenVMS across 4 architectures
    Camiel Vanderhoeven, VSI

In the early days I did several presentations comparing VAX, Alpha, Itanium and x86, with a lot of speculation about what OpenVMS on x86 might look like. Now that OpenVMS runs on x86, I will show you where we ended up, and how OpenVMS was adapted to run on x86.

    Mimer SQL for OpenVMS on x86
    Karl-König Königsson, Mimer Information Technology AB

Mimer SQL was the first relationaldatabase to be released on OpenVMS x86. A beta was available to the public in July, 2021, and first production version released in March 2023.

The presentation is about this proven RDBMS and its capabilities, as well as experiences from the porting from Itanium to OpenVMS for x86. It will also cover some of the new and exciting features that will come in the upcoming version.


 SCI Experience since the dawn of OpenVMS on x86

   Norman Lastovica, Software Conceptes International, LLC

As the first site outside of VSI to run OpenVMS on the X86 platform, SCI has been in the X86 game since the beginning. SCI has ported our internal applications as well as several customer applications to run on the X86 OpenVMS environment. SCI builds code with multiple languages both native and using the cross-build environment. SCI's extensive monitoring components run on X86 and have been updated where applicable.

This session will discuss our experiences from compiling and linking applications before OpenVMS was available through running production compilers on OpenVMS V9.2-2 on our X86 based systems. Various bugs, porting experiences, and the overall close relationship with VSI during these early years will be covered.

    Oracle Rdb Product Family Update
   Kevin Duffy, Oracle

This talk covers Oracle Rdb product family support dates, working with VSI; product strategy; release history over the last year; the status of the Oracle Rdb product family port to x86 OpenVMS; other currentdevelopment activities; current project priorities; product roadmaps and plans for future development over the next 1 to 2 years. The purpose of is to provide the listener with an overview of the plans and direction for Oracle Rdb, Oracle CODASYL DBMS as well as the othercomponents of the Oracle Rdb family of products.

(Presentation will be given remotely via Zoom)


Sessions on Wednesday

   Picking a hypervisor
    Camiel Vanderhoeven, VSI

We will go over the strengths and weaknesses of the different x86 hypervisors OpenVMS can run on, so that customers can make an informed decision on what platform to run OpenVMS on.

    OpenVMS auf x86
   Hans.Bachner, IT Consulting GmbH

For quite some time, OpenVMS has been available natively on the Intel x86_64 platform. The last few versions have been declared "production ready" by VSI, many restrictions have been removed by offering previously missing pieces.

But how can one proceed if porting the application, which has served its purposes fine for many years, is not an option because of missing source code or the producer of some libraries or middleware has shut down operations in the meantime? Close to 25 years after the sale of the last VAX, there are still applications which flawlessly do what they have been expected to do reliably for many years.

Virtualization of the VAX and Alpha architectures make this reality. Using the example of CHARON products from Stromasys SA, we take a look at the current state of cross-platform virtualization.


 IT's Slow! - Now What?

   Norman Lastovica, Software Conceptes International, LLC

Quite often the problem statement originates as “It is slow”.  And just as often, there is a lot more to the story. This session covers the identification and analysis steps used to pinpoint application and system performance “hot spots” frequently contributing to “slow”.  Topic areas include CPU bound, IO bound and contention bound environments including RMS files, alignment faults, code compilation options, caches, buffering, etc. No application developer or system manager should miss this session.