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News about the PCI Universal Serial IOC

Dell threw us a curve ball with their 11th generation PowerEdge servers: no more PCI or PCI-X I/O slots, only PCI Express slots. This was a gnarly problem for us because our PCI Universal Serial IOC that provides connectivity for legacy "928" devices is, well, a PCI card. The baseboard we use is not going to be available in a PCI Express variant for some time. While the need for 928 connectivity is not as great as it was when we first introduced the New VS, it is vitally important for some… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on January 14, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

A well-known Wang person, Charlie Raimo, passes away

From William Cahill:

Ex-Wang guy, Lowell Towers (1980’s – 2000’s), Charlie Raimo passed away. Everybody who worked at Wang in Lowell Mass. knew Charlie.


Charlie's arrangements

From: "Moriarty, Dan"

Date: Wed, 28 Oct 2009 15:02:31 -0400

To: "Jon Lowe"


Here are the arrangements for Charlie.


Charles Anthony Rocco "Charlie" Raimo

(April 17, 1955 - October 27, 2009)…


Added by Thomas Junker on October 30, 2009 at 5:26pm — No Comments

New Intel QPI chip sets new record for VS performance

We're still finalizing the numbers, but early results indicate that the new QPI technology in Intel processors has pushed up the high-end New VS performance. Tests were conducted recently on a Dell R710 server configured with the Intel 5570 Xeon Quad processor running at 2.93 GHz with 8 MB cache and 1333 MHz memory speed. The chip's Turbo mode causes it to run at an effective speed of about 3.2 GHz, but the performance running the New VS comes from the cache and the higher memory bandwidth. QPI… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on September 27, 2009 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Thomas Junker is on Twitter

I finally decided to look into Twitter... nothing that had come my way had actually explained what it was or how it worked. OK, now I get it. I have no interest in using it for personal things but I thought I might try it out for VS and company things.

I am "WangVS" on Twitter. My "tweets" are public, and if you want to "follow" them you can, without approval. If you don't know about Twitter, you can see my "tweets" by visiting here:…


Added by Thomas Junker on September 9, 2009 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

We have been shaped by the VS

Ashley Adlam wrote:

> We've all spent too many years supporting the venerable VS to

> just cease any association with its legacy in our later years! Why,

> it has shaped our very psyches - and that actually explains a

> bloody lot. Seriously though, keeping in touch this way may help

> to alleviate your sense of loss from not getting any more of those

> challenging and enjoyable band printer calls. Bring back the 5573,

> 5574,… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on August 29, 2009 at 3:54pm — 5 Comments

Question for members: should site content be publicly accessible?

Presently the content of this site is mostly accessible only to members. While this encourages joining to some extent, it also prevents site content from being indexed by search engines. I was just reviewing some of the blog and forum posts and realized (again) that this good content cannot be found by people searching the Internet. Note that public access will NOT reveal email addresses of members unless they have posted that information themselves.

So... the question is: Should I… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on August 11, 2009 at 1:55am — 4 Comments

ODBC for the New VS

ODBC development is underway for the New VS, with the first pieces of functional code testing successfully done.

ODBC uses the fifth generation of the Virtual Device that provides control and data pathways between the VS and Linux environments. The Virtual Device is transparent to the VS OS.

Added by Thomas Junker on July 21, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments


This material has been moved here from a Note, since ning Notes do not support URLs.

The Unofficial Wang VS Information Center

This is the personal website of Thomas Junker, active continuously since 1995.

TransVirtual Systems, home of the New VS

This is the home of the New VS. TransVirtual Systems created the virtualization technology that allows the New VS to run VS machine… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on May 17, 2009 at 4:24pm — No Comments

Trying to get a third party chat app working

I purchased a subscription to a live help chat facility but I'm not sure I can add HTML code anywhere on this site to activate it. The code follows:

It looks like has protected the site against Javascript and HTML everywhere I can post or modify anything. I'll have to ask them if it's possible. I suspect not. ning has their own apps that can be added to a site but most of them are complete junk, like games or… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on May 8, 2009 at 8:59pm — 6 Comments

Building a 7-instance New VS

Here at TransVirtual we are in the last stages of building a 7-way New VS; that is, it is a single 8-core Dell PowerEdge running seven independent instances of New VSs, each running at its rated speed and each with its own configuration, virtual disk volumes, and console. All 7 are linked by WSN, with remote logon and file transfer between any of them. Each also has its own Lightspeed NVS virtual gateway. The server has 2 x 73 GB SAS drives and 4 x 300 GB SAS drives. These form a RAID1 array… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on May 4, 2009 at 10:45pm — 2 Comments

Some large VS sites I have known or heard about

Today's surviving VS world consists mostly of single systems. In my time working with the VS since 1984, though, it was not uncommon to see companies that had 10, 20, 30 or more VS systems, often dispersed at different facilities but sometimes grouped at single sites.

The Hartford, an insurance giant, had something like 80 large VS systems at sites around the U.S.

Mellon Bank and its subsidiary Mellon Mortgage had a WSN network of 45 mostly large VS systems. I consulted… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on March 25, 2009 at 4:00am — No Comments

An experiment in fostering Wang VS community communication

I founded The Unofficial Wang VS Information Center in 1995. Since then the site has served as the most comprehensive source of information about the Wang VS on the Internet. A few years ago I added simple forum software to the site but it didn't live up to my expectations. I changed to better forum software but that wasn't good enough, either.

This new site is an experiment in getting better forum and blog software into play.

For those who don't know me, I have worked in… Continue

Added by Thomas Junker on December 1, 2008 at 3:43am — No Comments

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