OpenVMS Version 8.3

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8.3 is a version of the OpenVMS operating system released by HPE in July 2002.

Summary of new features

Features Description
General User Features
New supported Integrity server systems Support for new entry-level, mid-range, and high-end Integrity servers.
Batch queue maximum increased Job limit increased to 65535.
Ctrl/T support for remote process Ability to define new symbol DCL$CTRLT_PID to point to a remote process ID.
Customized output of Ctrl/T Ability to define new symbol DCL$CTRLT.
DCL commands and lexical functions New and changed DCL commands, qualifiers, and lexical functions.
DCL permanent symbols Two new symbols added to $FACILITY and $IDENT.
DCL prompt size increased Maximum prompt size increased from 32 to 64 characters.
Keyword added to /SINCE qualifier JOB_LOGIN keyword added.
Hyper-Threading (I64 only) Allows processors to create a second virtual core that allows additional efficiencies of processing.
HP Instant Capacity (iCAP) and HP Temporary Instant Capacity (TiCAP) (I64 only) New HP pricing solutions products for cell-based Integrity servers.
I/O size limit increased Maximum block size limit increased for COPY command.
LMF enhancement Ability to change location of target compliance report.
HP nPartition Provider (I64 only) Now ported to OpenVMS Version 8.3
HP Pay per use (PPU) (I64 only) HP On Demand Solutions product for cell-based Integrity servers.
HP Superdome servers support (I64 only) Based on HP sx1000 chipset, OpenVMS can support configurations with both PA-RISC nPartitions and Intel® Itanium® 2 nPartitions in the same server.
Web-Based Enterprise Management Services for OpenVMS (WBEM) Industry-standard enterprise management framework.
System Management Features
BACKUP Ctrl/T message Expanded to include more information during an interactive backup operation
BACKUP /IO_LOAD qualifier Provides the ability to increase or decrease the number of simultaneous read I/Os on your system
BACKUP /PROGRESS_REPORT qualifier Sends backup information to the current output device
BACKUP save-set encryption With the addition of the ENCRYPT and DECRYPT commands, uses an AES encryption algorithm and a user-specified key to encrypt and decrypt a BACKUP save set.
CD and DVD optical media tools New tools for recording CD and DVD optical media.
Cluster interconnect Provides data compression and multi-gigabit line speed.
Cluster satellite boot Cluster satellite boot support is now available in OpenVMS for Integrity servers, as well as OpenVMS Alpha.
Dynamic lock remastering The method by which decisions are made to remaster lock trees has been updated.
Dynamic volume expansion (DVE) support Added to the BACKUP utility.
Encryption The Encryption for OpenVMS layered product functionality has been integrated into the operating system.
InfoServer utility Now supported on OpenVMS Alpha as well as OpenVMS for Integrity servers. Provides features of the InfoServer hardware product on AlphaServers and Integrity servers running OpenVMS. The InfoServer utility can be used to upgrade or install the OpenVMS operating system on AlphaServers or Integrity servers.
MONITOR ALIGN command (I64 only) New command added to the Monitor utility.
MONITOR class name qualifiers for PROCESSES class Used to monitor per-process-based modes usage.
Multipath enhancement New active-active feature of EVA and MSA controllers added.
Patch-related menu option OpenVMS operating system distribution media main menu now includes a new option to perform patch-related operations.
PCSI utility enhancements New features include manual verification, automatic verification, full ODS-5 support, and validation of signed product kits.
SANCP utility Allows you to limit the number of active I/Os a host may have across all paths to logical unit numbers (LUN) on a given Fibre Channel storage port.
SAS utility (I64 only) Configures Integrated RAID (IR) functionality for the HP 8 Internal Port Serial Attached SCSI Host Bus Adapter (SAS Controller)
SCACP data compression SET VC/COMPRESSION (or /NOCOMPRESSION) commands enable or disable sending compressed data by specified virtual circuits (VCs).
SCACP multi-gigabit scaling Allows use of /WINDOW=RECEIVE_SIZE and /WINDOW=TRANSMIT_SIZE qualifiers to override the automatically calculated receive and transmit window sizes.
HP OpenVMS I64 Serial Multiplexer (MUX) Support for Integrity servers (I64 only) Allows use of USB to add serial lines to Integrity servers.
Spinlock Trace Utility Display enhanced.
HP System Analysis Tools utilities System Dump Debugger is now available on OpenVMS for Integrity servers. Several new System Dump Analyzer commands and qualifiers have been added.
System parameters Several new system parameters have been added to this release:
System Service Logging SSLOG has been enhanced.
Time zones Additional time zones now supported by adding them to the database.
UCM changes for device management Automatically configures devices that you plug into the system.
Virtual LAN (VLAN) support in OpenVMS Adds support for IEEE 802.1Q (VLAN) in OpenVMS.
HP Volume Shadowing for OpenVMS enhancements Addition of these new features:
  • Automatic bitmap creation on volume processing
  • New SET SHADOW qualifier /RESET
Programming Features
Common Data Security Architecture (CDSA) New features include Secure Delivery and support for Human Recognition Service Standard (HRS).
HP C Run-Time Library (CRTL) enhancements The following enhancements have been added:
  • Symbolic link and POSIX-compliant pathnames
  • Byte-range locking
  • New functions
  • TCP/IP header file updates
Deadlock wait New item code, PPROP$C_DEADLOCK_WAIT, provides the ability to use sub-second deadlock wait for the lock manager.
Items codes Addition of these new item codes:
HP Kerberos for OpenVMS enhancements New features added to Kerberos for OpenVMS. Kerberos Version 3.0 for OpenVMS is based on MIT Kerberos V5 Release 1.4.1.
Library utility enhancement (I64 only) Ability to list demangled and mangled names.
Linker utility enhancement /DNI qualifier and DEMANGLED_SYMBOLS keyword for /FULL qualifier.
HP MACRO Compiler for OpenVMS Alpha systems enhancements Upgraded to use the latest GEM backend for Alpha systems, added a new /ARCHITECTURE DCL qualifier, and other enhancements.
Record Management System (RMS) enhancements Several enhancements made to RMS.
HP Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for OpenVMS enhancements New features added to SSL. HP SSL Version 1.3 is based on OpenSSL 0.9.7e
USB generic driver Provides a $QIO-based API for users to add support for USB devices.
Associated Products Features
HP Distributed NetBeans for OpenVMS Allows running the NetBeans IDE on desktop system.
HP OpenVMS Management Station Version 3.3 OpenVMS Management Station Version 3.3 is included with OpenVMS Alpha Version 8.3.
HP Secure Web Browser for OpenVMS Version 1.7-13 provided with OpenVMS Version 8.3.
HP Secure Web Server for OpenVMS Version 2.1 provided with OpenVMS Version 8.3.
HP TCP/IP Services for OpenVMS Version 5.6 supported on OpenVMS Version 8.3.
HP Web Services Integration Toolkit for OpenVMS Provides a set of individual tools.

See also