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Who the Heck is CHARON?

This is probably the most frequently-asked question about the CHARON products (CHARON-VAX, CHARON-AXP, CHARON-11).

In Greek mythology, Charon drove the boat across the river Styx in the underworld, carrying souls to their final resting place.  With the CHARON products, systems don't have to make that trip!

Why "AXP" instead of "Alpha"?

The Alpha replacement product (CHARON-AXP) isn't called CHARON-ALPHA.  When Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) invented the Alpha product line, they wanted to keep the tradition of 3-letter acronyms for everything.  "Alpha" was too long, and "Alp" just didn't cut it.  So, they invented "AXP" as the acronym for Alpha.  Stromasys chose to keep that name.

This tradition has faded some since DEC became part of Hewlett-Packard.  The new platform for VMS is the Integrity Server line -- and the acronym for that platform is "IA64".

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