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DIGITAL EQUIPMENT, INTEL IN JOINT SOFTWARE AGREEMENT FOR MASSIVELY PARALLEL COMPUTERS

 DIGITAL EQUIPMENT, INTEL IN JOINT SOFTWARE AGREEMENT FOR
 MASSIVELY PARALLEL COMPUTERS
 BEAVERTON, Ore., and MAYNARD, Mass., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Recognizing the growing demand for application-development and system software for massively parallel computers, Digital Equipment Corporation (NYSE: DEC) and Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC) announced today they are collaborating on a range of joint software projects.
 The first project, now underway, involves an architecture- independent high-level programming language compiler for parallel computers. A high-performance version of the FORTRAN language, it is seen as a critical component in stimulating growth in scientific and technical application program development for these systems. The new compiler is expected to be available by the end of 1992.
 Future projects include work on operating systems and may extend to networking. Begins New Phase in Long-Term Relationship
 "This development initiative adds an important dimension to the strong Intel/Digital relationship -- one that dates back many years, and currently includes collaboration at the desktop performance level," notes Sam Fuller, vice president of research for Digital. "This new collaboration will open application areas and market opportunities in the important massively parallel computing arena. Software development is key to this growth, and Digital is clearly going to lead in this arena."
 Justin Rattner, Intel Fellow and director of technology for Intel's Supercomputer Systems Division, added, "The steady growth and acceptance of parallel computing is no longer questioned. Expanding the usability of these systems and accelerating the newest generation of massively parallel software is the next logical step. The collaboration of Digital and Intel is important and necessary in this regard." Fortran Key to Immediate Growth
 The new compiler will allow scientists, engineers and researchers to easily create applications to run on massively parallel computers, using the familiar FORTRAN optimized for these systems.
 With high performance FORTRAN parallelization of code is automatic, making it easier for programmers to develop software for massively parallel systems. As a result, the vast performance benefits native to this class of computer can be exploited by a wider variety of users, in a greater array of industries.
 The high performance FORTRAN will, for example, include features that automatically identify parallel operations in application programs, and that optimize these operations for execution by the parallel computer hardware.
 In addition, the language compiler will include special facilities, called directives, that can be used to tailor compiler operations to specific hardware architectures. This is important because architectures for massively parallel computers can vary substantially in size, ranging from hundreds to thousands of processors, and in actual design.
 This architecture-independent quality will be beneficial to software developers, because they will be able to create application programs that can be compiled to run on different vendors' hardware platforms. Furthermore, the new software can support the two dominant styles of massively parallel computing known as SIMD and MIMD.
 The language compiler is based on specifications developed in conjunction with a collaboration of experts in industry academia and government.
 Current applications for massively parallel computers include oil and gas exploration, weather/environmental analysis and modeling, chemical analysis and computer-aided design.
 Future applications will see increasingly networked parallel systems requiring more advanced software for operating systems, networking and file management, which are also being considered for future projects by Digital and Intel.
 Founded in 1984, Intel's Supercomputer Systems Division leads all other parallel supercomputer vendors in market share worldwide, with more than 300 systems installed. Applications of Intel Systems include traditional supercomputer uses, such as aerospace, automotive, defense and petroleum, as well as emerging markets such as environmental modeling, financial analytics and biotechnology.
 Intel Corporation is an international manufacturer of microcomputer components, modules and systems.
 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 partners deliver the power to use the best integrated solutions -- from desktop to data center -- in open information environments.
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 /CONTACT: Joseph D. Codispoti of Digital Equipment, 508-493-6767; or Cynthia Lempert of Hill & Knowlton, 617-894-3100, for Digital; or Mike Bernhardt of Intel, 503-629-7835; or Doug Black of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470, for Intel/
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