Alpha systems

This page collects important information about DEC/Compaq/HP Alpha AXP hardware. It can be used as a reference when considering the migration from a real to a virtual Alpha system based on AlphaVM.

DEC Alpha AXP architecture was introduced in 1992 as the successor of the VAX architecture. It is based on a 64-bit RISC CPU designed. The design goal was to last for at least 25 years and keep increasing the performance during these years.

Most of the Alpha systems can be replaced by our Alpha AXP virtualization solution AlphaVM-Pro.

Information about Alpha AXP CPUs can be found here.

Alpha system families

There are many families of Alpha system. The system family is identified by the system type. The system families are listed in the following table. It also specifies the core logic chipset used to build the system. Usually a specific chipset design is used in the implementation of one or more families.

Sys TypeFamilySystemsEVChipsetIO Bus
1ADU
2CobraDEC 4000EV4CBUSFuturebus
3Ruby (Laser)DEC 7000, DEC 10000EV4, EV45Futurebus, XMI
4FlamingoDEC 3000EV4, EV45TC, EISA
5MannequinSimulator
6JensenDEC 2000EV4, EV45EISA
7PelicanDEC 3000EV4, EV45TC, EISA
8Morgancancelled
9SableAlphaServer 2000,
AlphaServer 2100
EV4, EV45, EV5, EV56CBUS2PCI, EISA
10MedullaAXPvmeEV4xVME
11NonameDECAXPpciEV4xAPECSPCI
12TurbolaserAlphaServer 8200, 8400, GS60, GS140EV5, EV56, EV6, EV67PCI
13AvantiAlphaStation 200, 205, 255, 400,
AlphaServer 300
EV4, EV45APECSPCI, ISA
14unused
15AlcorAlphaStation 500, 600EV5, EV56CIAPCI, EISA
16Tradewindcancelled
17MikasaAlphaServer 1000EV45, EV5, EV56APECS for EV4x,
CIA for EV5x
PCI, EISA
18EB64DECchip 21064 Evaluation Board21064PCI, ISA
19EB66DECchip 21066 Evaluation Board21066, 21066APCI, ISA
20EB64+DECchip 21064 PCI Evaluation Board
AlphaPC64
AlphaPCI64
21064, 21064A, EV45PCI, ISA
21BurnsLEANAlpha notebook
22RawhideAlphaServer 4000,
AlphaServer 4100,
AlphaServer 1200
EV5, EV56Rawhide/MCPCIAPCI
23K2PCI/ISA SBCEV45PCI, ISA
24LynxAlphaServer 2000A,
AlphaServer 2100A
EV45, EV5, EV56CBUS2PCI, EISA
25XLAlpha XLEV45
26EB164EB164, AlphaPC164EV5, EV56, PCA56CIAPCI, ISA
27NoritakeAlphaServer 1000A,
AlphaServer 800,
AlphaStation 600A
EV45, EV5, EV56APECS for EV4x,
CIA for EV5x
PCI, EISA
28CortexAlphaVMEEV45VME
29unused
30MiataDEC Personal WorkstationEV56, PCA56PCI, ISA
31XXMXXMEV5
32TakaraTakara, DMCCEV56CIAPCI, ISA
33YukonAlphaVMEEV56VME
34Tsunami /Typhoon (Regatta)AlphaServer DS10, DS20, ES40, DS10L, DS20L, DS20E
AlphaStation XP900, XP1000, ES40, DS10, DS20E
EV6xTsunamiPCI, ISA
35WildfireGS40, GS80, GS160, GS320EV67WildfirePCI, ISA
36CuscoEV56PCI
37EigerSMARTengineEV6TsunamiPCI, ISA
38TitanAlphaServer ES45, DS25, DS15, TS202c, TS212c
AlphaStation DS15
EV68xTitanPCI, ISA
39MarvelAlphaServer ES47, ES80, GS1280EV7MarvelPCI
40PhoenixEV67TsunamiPCI, ISA

There is also a Sierra (AlphaServer SC) supercomputer family where the system consists of nodes that are DS20L, ES40 or ES45 systems connected with a fast interconnect.

Alpha systems

Alpha systems are presented in the following table. The system hardware is identified by the system type and the member id. Operating systems use this combination to determine which driver to load to control the system hardware. Additionally, the CPU type is used. From the marketing perspective the systems are identified by System Marketing Model (SMM), which is also given in the table.

Sys TypeMember IDCodenameSystemSMMEVCPUsMHz
1ADU1041
2Cobra
20,1CobraDEC 4000 model 6101037EV41160
20,1CobraDEC 4000 model 6201038EV42160
22FangDEC 4000 model 7101057EV41190
22FangDEC 4000 model 7201058EV42190
3Laser
30,2Laser/RubyDEC 7000 model 610-6601025, 1026, 1027, 1028, 1046, 1047EV41-6
33,5Laser/ArgonDEC 7000 model 710 - 7601074-1079EV451-6
31Blazer DEC 10000 model 610 - 6601029,1030,1031, 1032, 1048, 1049EV41-6
4Flamingo
41Sandpiper WorkstationDEC 3000 model 4001035EV41133
41Sandpiper ServerDEC 3000 model 400S1036EV41133
46Sandpiper+DEC 3000 model 6001064EV41175
47Sandpiper45DEC 3000 model 7001070EV451225
42Flamingo WorkstationDEC 3000 model 5001033EV41150
42Flamingo ServerDEC 3000 model 500S1034EV41150
43Flamingo HotPinkDEC 3000 model 500X1056EV41200
44Flamingo UltraDEC 3000 model 8001063EV41200
48Flamingo45DEC 3000 model 9001071EV451275
5MannequinSimulator
6Jensen
60JensenDEC 2000 model 3001044EV41
60JensenDEC 2000 model 300L1045EV41
61CulzeanDEC 2000 model 5001065EV41
7Pelican
70PelicanDEC 3000 model 3001042EV41150
71PelicaDEC 3000 model 300L1043EV41100
72Pelican+DEC 3000 model 300X1068EV41175
73Pelica+DEC 3000 model 300LX1069EV41125
74Pelican45DEC 3000 model ???1072EV451???
75Pelica45DEC 3000 model ???1073EV451???
8MorganCANCELLED
Sable
91Demi-Sable Gamma AlphaServer 2000
91AlphaServer 2000 4/2001123-1126EV41-4
91AlphaServer 2000 4/2331171-1174EV451-4
91AlphaServer 2000 4/2751127-1130EV451-4
91AlphaServer 2000 5/2501131-1134EV51-4
91AlphaServer 2000 5/3001175-1178EV51-4
91AlphaServer 2000 5/3751505-1508EV561-4
91AlphaServer 2000 5/4001517-1520EV561-4
9Sable GammaAlphaServer 2100EV4, EV45, EV5, EV564
92Sable Gamma PedestalAlphaServer 2100EV4, EV45, EV5, EV564
93Sable Gamma Rack MountAlphaServer 2100-RMEV4, EV45, EV5, EV564
100-7AXPvmeEV4x1
110-3DECAXPpciDECAXPpciEV4x1
Turbolaser
120,2,4,6,8AlphaServer 8200EV5, EV566
121,3,5,7,9AlphaServer 8400EV5, EV5612/14
1210,13AlphaServer GS60EV66
1211,14AlphaServer GS140EV614
1212,15AlphaServer GS60EEV66
Avanti
131,5,6,7,13AvantiAlphaStation 400EV4, EV451
132,3,4,8,9,10,11,12MustangAlphaStation 200EV4, EV451
1332-38LX3AlphaStation 205,EV451
1339-45LX3+AlphaStation 255EV451
13??MelmacAlphaStation 300 4/2661593EV451
14unused
Alcor
151,2,6,7,8,9,10,11AlcorAlphaStation 600EV51
153,4,5MaverickAlphaStation 500EV51
1512-17BretAlphaStation 500EV51
16Tradewind
Mikasa
171,2,3Mikasa, Mikasa+, PremierAlphaServer 10001090, 1091, 1264EV4s, EV451
174,5Pinnacle, Primo, Primo minus, Primo 500, Primo FAT 500 AlphaServer 10001269, 1312, 1559, 1582, 1583EV5, EV561
18EB64DECchip 21064 Evaluation Board11111
19EB66DECchip 21066 Evaluation Board1112, 12491
EB64+
20EB64+DECchip 21064 PCI Evaluation Board1113, 1114EV4x1
20AlphaPC64AlphaPC641248EV451
20AlphaPCI64AlphaPCI641553EV451
21BurnsLEAN11471
22Rawhide
22DodgeAlphaServer 4100EV5, EV564
221Dodge PedestalAlphaServer 4100 5/xxxEV5, EV564
222Dodge Rack MountAlphaServer 4100 5/xxxEV5, EV564
22WranglerAlphaServer 4000EV5, EV562
223Wrangler PedestalAlphaServer 4000EV5, EV562
224Wrangler Rack MountAlphaServer 4000EV5, EV562
22DurangoAlphaServer 4000EV5, EV562
225Durango PedestalAlphaServer 4000EV5, EV562
226Durango Rack MountAlphaServer 4000EV5, EV562
227Tincup PedestalAlphaServer 1200EV562
228Tincup Rack MountAlphaServer 1200EV562
229DaVinci PedestalAlphaStation 1200EV562
2210DaVinci Rack MountAlphaStation 1200EV562
231K2PCI/ISA SBCEV451
24Lynx
241Demi-LynxAlphaServer 2000AEV45, EV5, EV564
242Lynx PedestalAlphaServer 2100AEV45, EV5, EV564
243Lynx Rack MountAlphaServer 2100A-RMEV45, EV5, EV564
251,2Alpha XLAlpha XLEV451
26EB164
261,2EB164EB164 266
EB164 300
1245, 1246EV51
263-7AlphaPC 164AlphaPC 164EV561
268-11AlphaPC 164LXAlphaPC 164LXEV561
2612-15AlphaPC 164SXAlphaPC 164SXPCA561
27Noritake
27??Mikasa+AlphaServer 1000A1091EV451
271NoriTakeAlphaServer 1000A1265EV451
272PinTake, PinnacleAlphaServer 1000A1270EV51
273PrimoTakeAlphaServer 1000AEV561
274CorelleAlphaServer 800EV561
27??Alcor PrimoAlphaStation 600A1590EV561
28Cortex
280, 1CortexAlphaVME1271, 1272EV451
282, 3Cortex2AlphaVME1273, 1274EV451
29DEC Personal Workstation1
30Miata
30Miata-1DEC Personal WorkstationEV561
30Miata-2DEC Personal WorkstationEV561
30Miata-PCA56DEC Personal WorkstationPCA561
30Miata-PCA56DEC Personal WorkstationEV561
31XMMXXMEV51
32TakaraTakara, DMCC1579EV561
33YukonAlphaVMEEV561
34Tsunami
341PC264EV6x1
342WarholEV6x
343WindjammerEV6x1
344MonetPersonal Workstation XP10001821EV61
345ClipperAlphaServer ES40
345AlphaServer ES40
(10PCI, 8MMB)
1813-1816EV61-4500
345AlphaServer ES40
(10PCI, 8MMB)
1817-1820EV671-4667
345AlphaServer ES40
(6PCI, 8MMB)
1861-1864EV61-4500
345AlphaServer ES40
(6PCI, 8MMB)
1865-1868EV671-4667
345AlphaServer ES40
(6PCI, 4MMB)
1869-1872EV61-4500
345AlphaServer ES40
(6PCI, 4MMB)
1873-1876EV671-4667
345AlphaServer ES40
(10PCI, 4MMB)
1923-1926EV61-4500
345AlphaServer ES40
(10PCI, 4MMB)
1927-1930EV671-4667
345AlphaServer ES40
(6PCI, 4MMB)
1945-1948EV61-4500
345AlphaServer ES40
(6PCI, 4MMB)
1949-1952EV671-4667
345AlphaServer ES40
(10PCI, 8MMB)
1953-1956EV61-4500
345AlphaServer ES40
(10PCI, 8MMB)
1957-1960EV671-4667
345AlphaServer ES40
(10PCI, 8MMB)
1984-1987EV681-4833
345AlphaServer ES40
(6PCI, 8MMB)
1988-1991EV681-4833
346GoldrushAlphaServer DS20
346AlphaServer DS20 500MHz1838EV61500
346AlphaServer DS20 500MHz1920EV62500
347Webbrick
347AlphaServer DS10 466Mhz1839EV61466
347AlphaStation XP900 466MHz1879EV61466
347AlphaStation DS10 1963EV671616
347AlphaServer DS101970EV671616
347SlateAlphaServer DS10L
347AlphaServer DS10L1961EV61466
347AlphaServer DS10L1962EV671616
348GoldrackAlphaServer DS20EEV6x1-2
348AlphaServer DS20E 500MHz1840EV61500
348AlphaServer DS20E 500MHz1921EV62500
348AlphaServer DS20E 667MHz1939EV671667
348AlphaServer DS20E 667MHz1940EV672667
348AlphaServer DS20E 500MHz1941EV61500
348AlphaServer DS20E 500MHz1942EV62500
348AlphaServer DS20E 667MHz1943EV671667
348AlphaServer DS20E 667MHz1944EV672667
348AlphaServer DS20E1964EV681833
348AlphaServer DS20E1965EV682833
348AlphaServer DS20E1982EV681833
348AlphaServer DS20E1983EV682833
349BrisbaneAlphaStation XP10001822EV671667
3410MelbournePersonal Workstation XP10001922EV671750
3411Flying ClipperAlphaServer ???
3411AlphaServer ???1931 - 1934EV61-4500
3411AlphaServer ???1935 - 1938EV671-4667
3412SharkAlphaServer DS20L (CS20)2006EV68A2833
35Wildfire
35?AlphaServer GS401966EV671-4728
35?AlphaServer GS801967EV671-8728
35?AlphaServer GS1601968EV671-16728
35?AlphaServer GS3201969EV671-32728
36CuscoEV56
361??????EV561400
362??????EV561466
363??????EV561533
371EigerSmart Engine1837EV6
38Titan
381PrivateerAlphaServer ES451971-1974EV68CB 1-41000
381PrivateerAlphaServer ES451975-1978EV68CB 1-41000
381PrivateerAlphaStation ES451998-2001EV68CB 1-41000
381PrivateerAlphaServer ES452002-2005EV68CB 1-41000
382Falcon-EAlphaServer TS202c1979EV68A2933
383Falcon-SAlphaServer TS212c1980, 1981EV68A1-2933
384GraniteAlphaServer DS251992EV68CB11000
384GraniteAlphaStation DS251993EV68CB11000
384GraniteAlphaServer DS251994EV68CB21000
384GraniteAlphaStation DS251995EV68CB21000
38?HyperBrickAlphaServer DS15????EV68CB11000
38?HyperBrickAlphaStation DS15????EV68CB11000
39Marvel
39?ES47????EV71-41005, 1150
39?ES80????EV74-81005, 1150
39?GS1280????EV7z8-641155, 1300
401PhoenixPhoenix LiteEV671-4