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OSF LAUNCHES FIRST RESEARCH REQUEST FOR TECHNOLOGY; OSF RESEARCH INSTITUTE SEEKS ADVANCED SCALABLE OPERATING SYSTEM TECHNOLOGY

 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Software Foundation Research Institute today announced the issuance of a Scalable Operating System Request For Technology. This is the OSF Research Institute's first Request For Technology.
 "The OSF Research Institute program has a special emphasis on operating system scalability to high end, loosely coupled, massively parallel systems which are becoming the base architecture for a new generation of supercomputers and for cluster-based computing," according to Dr. Ira Goldstein, OSF vice president of Research and Advanced Development. "Such systems require a message-oriented operating system with distributed operating system services. The OSF Research Institute, through this research RFT, is seeking technology to enhance their prototype of a distributed version of OSF/1 for loosely coupled systems, called OSF/1 Advanced Development (OSF/1 AD)."
 The four areas where the OSF Research Institute is seeking technology are:
 -- Scalable Process Management Technology
 -- Load Balancing Technology
 -- Scalable Networking Technology
 -- Scalable File System Technology


Evaluation Process and Milestones
 Because the RFT is focused on a few critical topics in the context of OSF/1 AD, the scope of this research RFT is considerably less than the scope of many previous RFT's where there was no pre-existing base technology. This has led to a streamlined process for this RFT.
 By May 2, 1993, technology abstracts in response to the RFT must be received by OSF at its Cambridge, Mass., office. A session on the RFT will be held at the OSF May 1993 Member's Meeting. Full submissions are due at OSF by June 1, 1993. The evaluation and selection phase is expected to be completed by July 1.
 The technology selected through this RFT will be combined with and augment the existing OSF/1 AD prototype. The technology selected, if any, would be integrated with the overall OSF/1 AD operating system research program and thus be utilized in further development. Therefore the technology being sought must be an architectural fit to the Mach foundation on which the OSF/1 operating system technology is built. Since the Research Institute intends to build upon any technology which is selected, the architectural flexibility and extensibility of a proposed technology will be carefully considered in the selection process.
 In order to be considered for selection, a technology must show technological maturity. Prototypes of the submitted technologies must currently exist, must be coded in C or C++, must be demonstratable and accompanied by engineering specifications and interface descriptions. Demonstration on an OSF/1 or Mach base is highly desirable.
 The Open Software Foundation is a not-for-profit research and development organization that supplies software to make computers easier to learn and easier to use, while also making them work better together. To accomplish this, OSF has created a coalition of vendors and users working together to develop the industry's leading technical agenda and the software essential for creating a comprehensive, open systems computing environment. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., OSF has over 350 members and 300 employees worldwide. The OSF Research Institute is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., with offices in Grenoble, France.
 /NOTE: OSF, OSF/1, Motif, and Open Software Foundation are trademarks of the Open Software Foundation, Inc./
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 /CONTACT: Eileen Coons, Open Software Foundation, 617-621-8754/


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