IPROF Management Roundtable

HP's 64-bit compiler strategies
for MPE/iX systems

Q: The 64 bit MPE operating system for the HP 3000 requires 64-bit compilers to gain full advantage of its capabilities. What are HP’s-64 bit compiler language strategies for the HP 3000?

Winston Prather: We are doing a significant amount of work internally with, for example, the modcal compiler, marrrying the front end to the PA-RISC 2.0 compiler to support a lot of the 64-bit work that is going on inside the lab. So the good news is that we have some investments going on there that will help in the areas of performance and help with access and supporting the large object work that’s going on. So that’s one internal side.

In terms of the user perspective – which is more where I think Ken is targeting the question – if it weren’t for the fact that I’ve been to many SIGCOBOL meetings over the years, and that I was at the languages meeting earlier today, I would ask a question like for how many people is that a problem and help me understand that. Instead, I’m going to do what any smart manager in my position would do and pass the question on to Jim Sartain.

Jim Sartain: We believe the 3000’s timeline for having a language like COBOL is extending to the right. In addition to the increased investment level that we’ll maintain on the platform as a whole, it points to the need for us to look more critically at what functionality enhancements key languages such as COBOL require. So we’re working very closely with Jeanette Nutsford, the SIGCOBOL executive committee, and other Interex bodies to make sure we understand and that we’re making appropriate investments based on that. We have to have all of the investments in line. If we’re making major growth limits, increases, we also have to have the application structure behind it, so we’re definitely working on that.

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