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Virtual Alpha:  Alpha Emulation, Alpha Migration and Alpha Replacement

An Alpha can be virtualized (emulated) on a modern computer, which allows the existing operating system (such as OpenVMS and Tru64 UNIX), its software, and all applications to be run without change.  No reprogramming is required.  Most customers report that the emulated system is faster than the original!

Alpha emulation offers the following advantages:
Software successfully used with CHARON-AXP include:  Oracle RDB, CONNX, Ross System's UserBase, MultiNet, TCPware, all DEC compilers (C, Fortran, Macro, etc.).

Want to try CHARON-Alpha right now? You can:
For more information, please email or call 1-888-VAX-VMS-8 (1-888-829-8678) toll-free in US and Canada.  For fastest service, please include information about your system in one of these forms.

OpenVMS Systems:
Tru64 UNIX and OSF/1 UNIX Systems:
Evaluation and migration support is available from Quayle Consulting.  Even if you don't migrate, QCI offers VMS System Administration services.

US Government?  Click here!

Need to replace a VAX?  See the CHARON-VAX page!  There's also a CHARON-TB product to replace PDP-11 systems.

Who the heck is CHARON?  And why "AXP" instead of "Alpha"?

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CHARON-AXP User Training

Training is available for customers who wish to perform their own migration, or who have to support CHARON-AXP systems on an ongoing basis. Current training opportunities include:
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The CHARON-AXP Windows Family

Requires a multi-core host with an available USB port. One core is required for network and disk emulation, plus two cores for each emulated Alpha processor.  Current supported host operating systems:  64-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.

All product versions requires host memory of at least 4 GB plus the amount of Alpha memory to be emulated.  Intel processors, such as the Core i7 or 5450 series, yield the best performance.

Comparable Hardware Model(s)
CHARON Product
Max Number
of CPU's

Special Requirements / Notes
AlphaServer GS320
CHARON-AXP GS320
32 max

AlphaServer GS160
CHARON-AXP GS160 16 max

AlphaServer GS80
CHARON-AXP GS80 8 max

AlphaServer ES40
CHARON-AXP ES40 4 max

AlphaServer DS20
CHARON-AXP DS20 2 max

AlphaServer DS10
AlphaStation DS10
CHARON-AXP DS10 one
Emulates a maximum of 4 GB of Alpha RAM, Alpha EV6 (21264) processor.

Minimum VMS version: V6.2-1H3
Minimum Tru64 UNIX version: 4.0
AlphaServer 4100
AlphaServer 4000
AlphaServer 800
AlphaStation XP 900
AlphaStation XP1000
CHARON-AXP 4100 four
Emulates an Alpha EV5 (21164) processor.

Minimum VMS version: V6.2-1H3
Minimum Tru64 UNIX version: 4.0
AlphaServer 2100
AlphaStation 1200
AlphaStation 500
AlphaStation 600
AlphaServer 800
PersonalWorkStation
CHARON-AXP/SMA one
Emulates an Alpha EV5 (21164) processor.

Minimum VMS version: V6.2-1H3
Minimum Tru64 UNIX version: 4.0
AlphaServer 2000
AlphaServer 1000
AlphaServer 400
AlphaServer 300
AlphaStation 255
AlphaStation 250
AlphaStation 200
CHARON-AXPstation one
Emulates an Alpha EV4 (21064) processor.

Minimum VMS version: V6.2-1H3
Minimum Tru64 UNIX version: 3.1
DEC3000/300
DEC3000/400
DEC3000/500
DEC3000/600
DEC3000/700
DEC3000/800
CHARON-AXP 3000
one
Emulates an Alpha EV54 (21064/133) processor with a maximum of 1 GB of Alpha RAM.

Minimum VMS version: 6.1
Minimum Tru64 UNIX version: not tested

Email to request more details and pricing.  Please attach an Inventory checklist so that we may advise you on the best product choice.


The CHARON-AXP Linux Family

Requires a multi-core host with an available USB port. One core is required for network and disk emulation, plus two cores for each emulated Alpha processor.  Current supported host operating systems:  Red Hat Enterprise 6 64-bit and Fedora 14 64-bit.

All product versions requires host memory of at least 2 GB plus the amount of Alpha memory to be emulated.  Intel processors, such as the Core i7 or 5450 series, yield the best performance.

Comparable Hardware Model(s)
CHARON Product
Max Number
of CPU's

Special Requirements / Notes
AlphaServer GS320
CHARON-AXP GS320
32 max

AlphaServer GS160
CHARON-AXP GS160 16 max

AlphaServer GS80
CHARON-AXP GS80 8 max

AlphaServer ES40
CHARON-AXP ES40 4 max

AlphaServer DS20
CHARON-AXP DS20 2 max

AlphaServer DS10
AlphaStation DS10
CHARON-AXP DS10 one
Emulates a maximum of 4 GB of Alpha RAM, Alpha EV6 (21264) processor.

Minimum VMS version: V6.2-1H3
Minimum Tru64 UNIX version: 4.0
AlphaServer 4100
AlphaServer 4000
AlphaServer 800
AlphaStation XP 900
AlphaStation XP1000
CHARON-AXP 4100 four
Emulates an Alpha EV5 (21164) processor.

Minimum VMS version: V6.2-1H3
Minimum Tru64 UNIX version: 4.0

Email to request more details and pricing.  Please attach an Inventory checklist so that we may advise you on the best product choice.


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