|The 6000-series used the "hit" technologies from the past years like the CVAX chip and VAXBI, but also introduced the XMI bus, which was used in later VAXen and Alpha systems too. SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) was standard in these systems, and this reflects in the naming convention too: the second digit from the left tells the number of processors in the machine (6210=1 processors, 6220=2 processors, etc). The 6200 was a commercial success, and they're still being employed all over the world!|
VAX/VMS 5.0: Brought standard SMP-support into VMS, but dropped AMP (asymmetric multiprocessing), and also introduced a new license managament system (and lots of other things too).
DSSI (Digital Storage Interconnect): A new intelligent interconnect, very similar to SCSI-II, but with different commands, so they're not compatible. It can be used to connect peripherals (RF-series disks like the RF71) or processors (dual-hosting, introduced with VAX/VMS 5.1).
DECtp: Transaction-processing system to handle transactions occurring in the range of hundreds/sec.
NAS (Network Application Support): In order the help the usage of VAXen in office enviroments, DEC introduced utilities for non-DEC operating systems (UNIX, MacOS, OS/2, MSDOS), that enabled desktop users to connect to resources on the VAX.
PDP-11/83: Another new PDP-11 model.