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Take a journey through 50 years of VME - from the first platform and operating system (OS) to the current environment.


Kevin Hughes


6:00pm - Registration
6:45pm - Welcome and introduction to Stoke BCS
7:00pm - 50 years of VME
8:00pm - Questions and answers and wrap-up
8:30pm - Event ends


VME (Virtual Machine Environment) is a mainframe operating system developed by the UK company International Computers Limited (ICL, now part of the Fujitsu group).

Originally developed in the 1970s (as VME/B, later VME 2900) to drive ICL's then new 2900 Series mainframes, the operating system is now known as OpenVME, incorporating a Unix subsystem. It is now 50 years young and still going strong.

As many of our local members contributed to the success of the product we will treat this session as an opportunity to take a journey through 50 years of VME - from the first platform & OS through to the current environment, journey from proprietary to commodity while sustaining VME applications.

It's a celebration and learning session for all our local members.

About the speaker

Kevin Hughes joined ICL (now Fujitsu) in 1979, working on 1900 emulation on 2900 series systems.

He moved from Bracknell to Manchester in 1982 to join the Distributed Mainframe division, developing microcode for ME29 emulation. Kevin worked on development routes and methodologies during the late 80s, predominantly for IO systems, while continuing working on processor and system design & development.

In the early 90s, he was a designer on the SY system and specialised in performance modelling. He championed the exploitation of emerging and commodity technologies to provide platforms for the VME operating systems and applications.

This continued through the early 2000s and culminated in the development of the AppEx environment, which was delivered in 2014. Kevin was made an ICL Distinguished Engineer in 1996 and, for a brief period, was a Fellow of the BCS.

He was made a Fujitsu Fellow in 2014 and, having retired in 2022, is now a Fellow Emeritus.

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For overseas delegates who wish to attend the event, please note that BCS does not issue invitation letters.


BCS is following government guidelines, and we would ask attendees to continue to follow these guidelines:

England: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
Wales: https://www.gov.wales/coronavirus
Northern Ireland: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/ireland

This event is brought to you by: Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire branch

Hybrid event: 50 Years of VME - Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire branch
Date and time
Monday 10 June, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Creative Lab
Staffordshire University
First Floor, Mellor Building