HP seeks outsider to evaluate MPE work
Update also reports progress on MPE
HP is now working to select an outside
contractor to evaluate its inventory work on MPE source code and
internal documentation, according to a report from the vendors
OpenMPE liaison Mike Paivinen.
In a late March message sent to the 3000-L
newsgroup and the OpenMPE mailing list, Paivinen said HP is nearing
completion of an investigation into the creation of a
standardized inventory of the build, integration, and test processes
that are used to create a distribution of MPE/iX.
HP wants to determine if any outside engineer
stands a chance of creating a new build of MPE/iX, in case the
company decides it will license the software to a third party.
OpenMPE is now assisting HP in choosing the non-HP contractor who
will review HPs findings.
We have begun working with the OpenMPE
Board of Directors to select a non-HP, e3000-knowledgeable contractor
to evaluate the process documentation for completeness and
sufficiency, Paivinen said. The date that the contractor
begins work will be somewhat dependent on the recommendations from
Paivinen said HP called this first step the
process inventory investigation. To ensure a successful
transition, should we decide to move forward, we are proceeding with
an investigation to quantify the work required to transition
MPEs build and test processes to an outside
HP will also be releasing a patch in
the next few months to enable the HP 3000 to mount any disk
with a capacity of up to 1 terabyte. The patch will only operate with
MPE/iX 7.5. HP has been considering how much effort it will commit to
back-porting such patches to the 7.0 and 6.5 MPE/iX releases.
The SCSI pass-thru enhancement,
which would enable the HP 3000 to support more SCSI storage devices,
has advanced another step toward engineering. HP said its engineers
have reviewed results of the pass-thru investigation and have
added its recommendations to the short list of projects to be
prioritized for future staffing.
PowerPatch 3, but no formal SIB
HP will not participate in a complete poll of
the customer base to gather more 3000 enhancement requests. While
such SIB requests filtered down to HPs engineers, the company
in conjunction with SIG MPE and the MPE Forum
there is not sufficient customer interest to have a formal SIB
05. HP 3000 engineers still working on the system inside
HP will evaluate some targeted enhancements that may have
benefit for customers willing to update their systems.
This is the first year HP is not gathering HP
3000 enhancement requests since the Systems Improvement Ballots first
circulated in the 1980s. HP messages cite a declining number of
customer requests, but HP partners say the amount of MPE technical
resource in the vendor is also ebbing at the same time.
HP said it is targeting an end of April
release of PowerPatch 3 for MPE/iX 7.0. Paivinens message
called the software a traditional PowerPatch that simply
consolidates the existing 7.0 general release patches. Our current
release plans call for additional PowerPatch releases on 6.5, 7.0,
and 7.5 spanning from the end of 2005 through the first half of
Customers can now use an internal HP process
to try to find used HP 3000s for customers who have exhausted
all possible channels to buy a used HP e3000. Since June, 2004,
HP has used this process to support a few customers by
identifying potential solutions to their needs for additional e3000
hardware. Those solutions have not yet included converting HP
9000 hardware to HP 3000 hardware, Paivinen added.