I'm not familiar with the DEC Alpha systems - my knowledge only stretches to tinkering with a MicroVAX 3100-80 system running VMS 5.5, so hopefully one of you may be able to enlighten me.
I've got a custom software application (no source code available ) that was originally hosted on an AlphaStation 600 (5/266) with a graphics card fitted. I know that the AlphaStation 600 CPU was a 21164 (EV5). Would this code run on a newer processor/system such as a DS10 (21264 EV6) or DS20E (21264A EV67) without recompilation?
The application also originally ran under a version of DEC UNIX and also used a GUI to interact with it. How compatible would the newer hardware be - assuming, of course, I could get my hands on real hardware?
Unless the application was compiled with a specific hardware type specified in the compilation line, the code is likely to be the "generic" alpha code which is the least common denominator code for all alpha architectures. Your code should run without any problems, it just won't take advantage of any of the newer optimizations.
malmberg December 12 2017 HPE only makes the most current version of OpenVMS Alpha / IA64 /VAX available to hobbyists. When I had access to the Alliance 1 program it was the same. No public downloads are allowed by HPE.
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