HP Multi-Programming Executive
|Written in||System Programming Language, HP Pascal, Assembly language|
|Latest release||6.0 / 1998|
|Default user interface||Command-line interface|
MPE (Multi-Programming Executive) is a discontinued business-oriented mainframe computer real-time operating system made by Hewlett-Packard. While initially a mini-mainframe, the final high-end systems supported 12 CPUs and over 2000 simultaneous users.
In 1983, the original version of MPE was written in a language called SPL (System Programming Language). MPE XL was written primarily in HP Pascal, with some assembly language and some of the old SPL code.
In 1992, the OS name was changed to MPE/iX to indicate Unix interoperability with the addition of POSIX compatibility. The discontinuance of the product line was announced in late 2001, with support from HP terminating at the end of 2010. A number of 3rd party companies still support both the hardware and software.
In 1998 HP released the last version MPE/iX 6.0.
- 3000-MPE (Software), on HPMuseum site, retrieved on september 2016.
- MPE/iX Commands Reference Manual - HP 3000 MPE/iX Computer Systems - Edition 11
- Allegro Consultants, Inc. Free HP 3000 Software, MPE Software Support
- Beechglen Development Inc. MPE Software Support
- HP MPE/iX homepage
- HP MPE/iX Command reference
- openMPE Advocates of continued MPE and IMAGE source code access beyond 2010
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