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DIGITAL ANNOUNCES WORKSTATION SALES TO MAJOR EDUCATION AND RESEARCH INSTITUTIONS; SALES TOTALLING MILLIONS ILLUSTRATE GROWTH OF ALPHA AXP

 MAYNARD, Mass., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) today announced the sale of nearly $3.7 million worth of Alpha AXP workstations, software and services to several of the world's leading academic and research institutions. The workstations ill support high-performance computing for scientific research, development and education.
 Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland; and the Instituto Nazionale Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Rome, Italy will use the DEC 3000 AXP workstations to run compute-intensive applications ranging from high energy physics to advanced computational research and instruction. Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science (SCS) purchased 100 Alpha AXP workstations to handle its own research and software development programs, as well as programs across diverse areas of the campus, such as the Psychology Department and Carnegie Mellon's Information Networking Institute.
 SCS also plans to utilize some of the systems to support the computing needs of researchers in computational linguistics and to continue to develop Carnegie Mellon's "Mach" operating system, the kernal OS selected by the Open Software Foundation. The workstations will be equipped to run either the DEC OSF/1 or OpenVMS operating systems. Carnegie Mellon plans to eventually incorporate the NT operating system into its Alpha AXP environment.
 "The AXP systems will make a difference in the research being done at Carnegie Mellon," said Howard D. Wactlar, SCS vice provost for research computing. "With a processing capability of 150 MIPS, Alpha AXP will help us solve problems and make advances that are not possible now in artificial intelligence including the areas of speech recognition, image and gestural interfaces, as well as design problems and scientific computation."
 EPFL purchased 32 DEC 3000 Alpha AXP workstations running the DEC OSF/1 operating system. The systems will be used to provide a higher level of computer education to students in the institution's advanced computing laboratories of its revised Computer Science curriculum. EPFL chose Alpha AXP workstations because of the imminent availability of the DEC OSF/1 AXP operating system, the technology's inherent price/performance superiority and the raw performance documented in benchmarking tests.
 "We chose Alpha AXP workstations with DEC OSF/1 because we plan to use OSF technologies for distributed computing on our campus. DEC OSF/1 provides a good path to the DCE and DME technologies from the Open Software Foundation," said Professor Eduardo Sanchez of the EPFL Computer Science Department.
 "Also, as a leading polytechnical institution with extensive computing facilities and one of the largest Ethernet-based campuses in Europe, we must offer the latest technologies, like DEC OSF/1 and Alpha AXP, to our students."
 One of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology, EPFL provides broad training for engineers and architects through a curriculum ranging from architecture and engineering to physics and computer science. EPFL students and staff are involved in research projects in more than 60 countries.
 INFN, with headquarters in Rome, is Italy's research institute on nuclear and subnuclear physics. It will use 45 DEC 3000 AXP workstations and a DEC 4000 AXP server system running DEC OSF/1 and OpenVMS operating systems. INFN and Digital engineers are developing a high-speed, cost- effective data acquisition board based on the Alpha AXP microprocessor and the Futurebus+ bus. The real-time data acquisition system will be used to collect, store and process data from a new particle collider being built at INFN's "Phi Laboratory," which conducts some of the most sophisticated particle-splitting, high-energy physics in the world. INFN has four major laboratories and 20 activity centers located close to universities. All INFN sites are connected by a wide area network using DECnet and TCP/IP protocols. INFN collaborates on international research programs, participating in experimental activities at CERN, SLAC, Fermilab, Desy and Saclay, and other laboratories.
 "Since the introduction of Digital's Alpha AXP workstations last November, academic and research institutions all over the world have discovered the technology's seemingly limitless capacity for high performance application development and execution," said Deborah Nicholls, Manager of Digital's Worldwide Education Business Unit. "In some cases, networked Alpha AXP workstations are surpassing high-end supercomputers in terms of affordability and raw processing power. The sales being announced today are only the tip of the iceberg," Nicholls added.
 Digital Equipment Corporation, headquartered in Maynard, Mass., is the leading worldwide supplier of networked computer systems, software and services. Digital pioneered and leads the industry in interactive, distributed and multivendor computing. Digital and its business partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions - from desktop to data center - in open information environments.
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