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I need to set up a demo system that can travel. I could use a bare metal solution, but I wanted to use this as a chance to get familiar with virtual servers on x86. What virtual server is best suited?
As usual: it depends; do you need a full blown, multi-processor system, you’ll need at least one more core than you will run VMS on, plus the appropiate amount of memory. If you just want to demonstrate a basic system with somewhat limited abilities a dual core system with 4 MB could be sufficient. However, keep in mind that, AFAIK, every emulator will use the system ’s clock to run, so frequeny matters. Plus you will definitely require a main-power connection, since the processor will only run on full speed
Emulator performance scales with the host speed, that’s true. But any decent emulator will run much faster than a physical VAX small enough to carry.
At a VMS Bootcamp, I saw a portable VAX. It was a MicroVAX II built into a metal suitcase. Someone REALLY needed a portable VAX. Maybe one of those crazy Cold War devices…
Are you asking about the emulator software, or the host’s system (such as VMware)?
If you want to put that into a laptop, I’d go quad-core and as much memory as you can put in it.