Digital VAX, Alpha (Was RE: Mac "Workgroup Server" ...

emu at emu at
Wed Apr 27 08:07:06 CDT 2016

Zitat von Paul Koning <paulkoning at>:

>> On Apr 27, 2016, at 3:47 AM, Dave Wade <dave.g4ugm at> wrote:
>> ...
>> Digital is now a fond memory for most. Both VAX and Alpha are no   
>> longer manufactured.
>> I actually wonder if an FPGA VAX chip could be made that would run   
>> faster than existing real VAXEN. That could perhaps form the basis   
>> of a nice VaxStation...
> Clearly that's possible given that today's clock speeds are much   
> higher than those of any VAX, and you could put caches on-chip as   
> well for additional points.  The difficulty would be to create an   
> accurate enough implementation.
If "accurate" means to run VMS or Unix, it shouldn't be to difficult.

> For that matter, by the same reasoning it should be doable (and   
> quite possibly easier) to build an FPGA Alpha.  Is the Alpha   
> architecture manual ("SRM") online?

Is there any demand for it, besides of being fun?


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