After searching some more, I found this website jonesrh.info which gives a lot of info regarding Alpha virtualization and DCL implementations on Linux/Windows. He explains PersonalAlpha can still be gotten from the Wayback Machine and he has a link to it on his site.
Anyone looking for the idle loop can look up there to find and download it. Pick any of the 3 available versions (32 bits, DS10 or DS20), install the software, and you will find a file named idleloop.visk in the installation directory. This software is suitable for use with FreeAXP.
I'm currently running FreeAXP v2.64.595. So I went into the Virtual Alpha COnfiguration Utility, added a new disk device to the configuration ad selected idleloop.visk as the image file. Upon reboot the server had a new disk that could be mounted with $ MOUNT/OVER=ID ddcu:. The package is contained in ddcu:[IDLE012]SRI-AXPVMS-IDLE-V0102--1.PCSI;1
Install with $ PRODUCT INSTALL IDLE and voilà! The host CPU usage will drop instantly, just as the installation completes. I really noticed my server's fan quiet down immediately. Before, I had the FreeAXP process on the host server running at close to 100% (of 1 CPU) non-stop, and now it's down to 0.01%. Once I start using VMS to do some work it goes up as normal, and goes back down to idle when the VMS server has no workload again.
It really worked like a charm for me.
Thanks to jonesrh for providing that useful information and helping me complete a successful installation of FreeAXP.
If anyone ever comes here, and is running Stromasys PersonalAlpha, do you also observe that the gain from running IDLELOOP is minimal ? The same running on FreeAXP gives much better results. This is odd as it was designed by Stromasys...
This may be a lifesaver for our freeAXP instance.
The OS hosting our freeAXP has been de-supported by our continuous-backup vendor.
After moving freeAXP to an existing supported server, the CPU use was unacceptable.
The idle loop driver fixed that.
malmberg December 17 2016 I do not know what the status of the last known business that was handling the Digital PDP-11 os software.
malmberg December 17 2016 There is a special license for hobbyist to run some Digital's OSs on SimH/PDP-11 only. Real hardware technically needs a new license.
bamchchnz December 14 2016 Hello, this is my first post to this news group. I have installed openVMS on Alpha and a small VAX. However a friend has just given me a microPDP11/73 which is running RT-11. However I'd like t