Information on how to obtain the software and I/O traces that are
available from the HP Laboratories Storage Systems Program.
Please be aware that all the SIMPL software is completely
unsupported. It was designed for our own use, in our own
environment. Although we think we write reasonable code, it's quite
large, and no great effort has been taken to make it easy to pick up
and adapt to other environments. If you are not willing to put in a
significant amount of time and effort, and cannot survive with
absolutely minimal interaction with us, then this is probably not for
Publicly-available software and traces
These are software packages and trace files that you can download
right now, just by following the instructions in our public software
page . The available packages are listed on that site.
Please note: this software is "publicly available", not "public
Here is a sample of the License
Agreement required for a publicly-available package.
Licensed software tools and traces
To get access to these software packages, you will need to fill our
paper-based license agreement and the corresponding appendices, and
have them signed by an authorized official in your organization.
It is HP's policy to limit access to the SIMPL software to people
willing to agree to the following (the exact wording of the license is
what rules, not this summary):
- You will give us access to any and all modifications and bug
fixes you make to our software, and we have a royalty-free
license to use your modifications in any way we see fit. In
particular, we may choose to incorporate your changes or give
them to others. (This is what allows us to distribute bug fixes
from one user to another.)
- You won't distribute our software to anybody else: have them
come to us for a copy.
- You will give us copies of any research papers that get
submitted outside your organization (e.g., technical reports,
papers submitted for publication) within 30 days of their being
"published" (internally or externally). There are some
restrictions on how much you may say about how our software
works, and we require some form of acknowledgment of its
- HP isn't liable for anything.
Warning: the license agreement is a fairly heavyweight legal
document. For example, there are some moderately complicated
intellectual property issues that you should not gloss over
lightly. It will take both you and us a fair amount of effort to
process it. Please don't embark on this unless you are absolutely
convinced that the value you'll be able to offer us will be worth the
hassle we have to go through to get this stuff to you!
To proceed, please provide all the information requested at our private software
website, and follow the steps indicated there to access the
These are the agreements you will need to sign to download the private
and finally ...
Please note that not all packages may be available at all times -
we sometimes go through periods where our internal versions of a
package are in flux, and not well suited for external release.
We reserve the right to decide that a particular package isn't
appropriate for a particular requester for business reasons. (This is
most likely to be true of commercial applicants.) Sorry about that.
We also reserve the right to decide that we are simply too busy to
fulfill requests. This is most likely to occur if people don't follow
the recipe above exactly, or if they ask us for support or other
hand-holding. It may also be that we are just too busy.