HP Multi-Programming Executive

MPE (Multi-Programming Executive) is an early 1980s era business-oriented minicomputer operating system made by Hewlett-Packard.

It runs the HP 3000 family computers, which originally used HP custom CISC CPUs and were later migrated to PA-RISC. The original version of MPE was written in SPL; later the name of the OS was changed to MPE/iX to indicate Unix interoperability. The product line is in deep maintenance mode as of 2003 and will be completely ended in a few years; the user-base is much smaller than that of its old competitors OS/400 and VMS and no further product introductions are expected.


Early versions had a fairly primitive command line interpreter, without a hierarchical file system, and utilities such as compilers would resemble "run" rather than allowing programs to be run as keyword commands


  • 7.5
    • MPE/iX 7.5 PowerPatch 3, Released July 2006
  • 7.0
  • 6.5
  • 5.5

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