of course. i know the server side of the story, but it's one of the questions my boss has. want's to be able to tout the future of RPG. with /free, so would I.
there is some animosity towards our "AS/400" because it's almost 30 years old. The fact that we are on an i5, or whatever IBM calls it, these days, and only 1 release behind on the OS, makes no difference. The general train of thought is tha the "AS/400" is limiting our abilities.
regardless of the fact that we use CGIDEV2, .php, C# and iPad and Android interfaces.
My analogy is tha my pick-up model has been around for 50 years, but my pickup of today, is not my grandfather's pickup.
The compiler languages are now all built for the AIX or Pase environment (can't remember which one off hand). They are native "binaries" for those operating systems. The IBM i operating system allows those binaries to be run on it, it also allows its own native binaries to run, of course.
If the C / C++ compile works on these Power8, then its a matter of minutes to also get the RPG compiler to run.
The other stuff, DDS and CL is another animal.
The legacy compilers will not continue to be supported on new hardware into the future. Whether that means Power7+ is the final RPGIII "chipset" as you put it, or if the Power8 family will be the last, I do not know. Just like all software for IBM these days, there is no money in supporting enhancements to RPG and legacy CLP (CL LE is another animal). By enhancements I mean making it work on new hardware.
Tell your boss that ILE RPG, Java, PHP, Apache, MYSQL were all born in the same year, 1995, all the same age. And the AS400 runs all those apps too.