PDP-11 Virtualized Hardware

CHARON-PDP creates a virtual PDP environment on a standard Windows based host system. Stromasys customers can quickly, easily, and safely phase out aging and increasingly expensive DEC hardware, and replace it with an enterprise-grade virtual PDP environment on an industry-standard x86 platform.

No risky migration projects are required, and no changes to the original software (operating system, layered products, or applications) procedures, or handling have to be applied. Your end users would not even notice that the hardware platform had been replaced!

For almost every PDP that was ever manufactured, Stromasys offers a CHARON-PDP equivalent.

HP recognizes CHARON-PDP as a valid PDP replacement platform to run RSX-11M,  RT11, RSTS.  No application source code or conversion is required, no matter which PDP hardware platform your software was running.

CHARON-PDP – Standard Host Requirements

CHARON-PDP requires a host server with CPU > 3Ghz, with 2 cores. The server can either be a physical server or a VMware virtual machine running Windows operating system.

See Software Product Descriptions for details.

CHARON-PDP Offers the Following Virtualized Hardware

The two models of the CHARON-PDP family support the appropriate hardware for their architecture. The PDP-11/93 supports virtualized Q-Bus and the PDP-11/94 supports virtualized Unibus devices.

Storage Subsystems

CHARON-PDP supports both virtualized storage as well as physical storage. Physical storage is associated with local SCSI devices allocated to CHARON-PDP. Virtual storage (container files) can reside on any storage subsystem presented to the host system. This can be either SCSI, SATA, IDE or any other local storage (including USB). Additionally, any network attached storage can be utilized that is supported by the host, including iSCSI, SAN, NAS, Samba/CIFS and NFS.

Input/Output Subsystems

CHARON-PDP provides a variety of networking and character terminal oriented interfaces. CHARON-PDP virtualizes the Ethernet controllers present in the original PDP hardware.