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2016 Presentations

Jim Austin, The Jim Austin Computer Collection

Jim will be making one of his now legendary remote presentations on Saturday afternoon from his pig sheds.

 

TC-USB – TURBOchannel USB host option

Felix Deichmann, Hardware Developer

TC-USB is a single-slot-width TURBOchannel USB host option based upon a Cypress (former ScanLogic) SL811HS USB 1.1 controller. It can be operated at typical TURBOchannel frequencies between 12.5 MHz and 25 MHz. A Lattice ispMACH 4000ZE family CPLD serves as glue logic for interfacing the 8-bit USB controller and 32-bit TURBOchannel. I/O read and write transactions and interrupts are supported. A basic option module ROM implemented in the CPLD compatible with TCF0 and TCF1 systems provides option information. The USB host port is an ESD-protected USB-A receptacle connector capable of sourcing 500 mA of current (limited) to devices.

The TC-USB card will be demonstrated at the event.

 

VMS on x64

Camiel Vanderhoeven, OpenVMS Kernel Engineer, VMS Software

Camiel will be talking about his work on the x86 port of OpenVMS.

 

The PiDP/8 - a modern replica of the 1968 PDP-8/I computer.

Oscar Vermeulen, Obsolescence Guaranteed

Oscar will be giving a presentation on his fantastic PDP replicas, a limited number of which will be available for purchase at the event!

 

'You can't make this stuff up'

Nic Clews, Senior Systems Engineer

This session will explore some of those unexpected calamities, showing how the unintentional could have dramatic consequences for service. If ever you needed proof that a sense of humour was essential in our business, this session will prove it. Names have been changed to protect the innocent (or guilty) but by taking real life examples, it explores how availability and service can be affected in ways you could not predict.

Nic Clews has worked with OpenVMS systems for around 35 years for multiple clients and has effected a number of ‘rescue’ situations. Started with OpenVMS in 1982, jointly managing VMS (since V3) and PDP systems with RSTS/E, worried in education, manufacturing, defence, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, nuclear, engineering, telecommunications and utilities. Currently working as a Senior Systems Engineer for CSC Computer Sciences managing systems from V4 to V8 on VAX, Alpha and Integrity.

 

 

2015 Presentations

VAX MP - Simulating a SMP VAX

Mark Wickens, DEC Legacy Organiser

I'll be providing a hands-on demonstration on how to create a simulated multi-processor VAX on modern hardware using the excellent VAX MP.

 

Unearthing an important historical computer at the computer sheds museum

Jim Austin, The Jim Austin Computer Collection

Jim will be making a presentation on Sunday morning from his computer collection remotely.

 

Video Presentation - FAFNER and its' Legacy

Bernd 'vaxman' Ulmann

Providing a valuable service to the VMS community with his public access system FASOLT, Bernd epitomises the fine tradition of the DEC hobbyist. For a number of years Bernd selflessly provided 24/7 access to his beloved VAX 7000 FAFNER and is now rocking an ES40. Berd is going to take us on a tour of his many working DEC systems and the associated infrastructure.

 

An Update from the Living Computer Museum

Rich Alderson, Senior System Engineer

I was very fortunate to have Rich and Ian visit from Seattle in 2011 at the first DEC Legacy Event - bizarrely on the only flight into the UK due to the Volcanic Eruption. This time round via remote presentation Rich is going to provide an update to the activities that have been keeping him busy in recent years.

 

The MCPRINT Utility, 30 years in the making

Malcolm Blunden, retired VMS Systems Manager

I've had the pleasure of knowing Malcolm since the first DEC Legacy Event. Malcolm cut his teeth on the Elliot 920 in the Avionics industry before moving on to the VAX 11/780 running VMS V3. A self-taught Fortran programmer the MCPRINT utility's origins date back to 1985 - having been completed in 2012 to Malcolm's satisfaction.

 

The Future of VMS 

Sue Skonetski, VP of Customer Engagement, VMS Software

Sue is a long term VMS ambassador and has worked tirelessly to promote VMS. Now a key member of the newly formed VMS Software team, Sue is going to talk us through the new developments and bright future of VMS.

 

Getting the DEC experience on modern hardware

Peter Allan, ex VAX system manager and VMS programmer

Several years ago, I discovered the simh computer simulator. I was blown away by the fact that I could simulate the VAX systems that I used to use 25 years previously. With the right keyboard and mouse, you can get the true DEC experience using what is now standard hardware. More recently, I discovered a PDP-11 emulator that runs on an FPGA so I now have real hardware on which to run PDP-11 software. I will demonstrate several simulated VAX and PDP systems using simh, and the emulated PDP-11 attached to a VT420 terminal.

 

HECnet - A worldwide DECnet network

Mark Wickens, DEC Legacy Organiser

HECnet is a multi-architecture, multi-OS DECnet based network that connects a vast range of real or simulated DEC hardware and operating systems. This talk will provide an overview of the network and an introduction on how to become a member of the community.