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ICL PARTICIPATES IN MAJOR EC-FUNDED TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, AWARDED FIVE ESPRIT CONTRACTS

 ICL PARTICIPATES IN MAJOR EC-FUNDED TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT,
 AWARDED FIVE ESPRIT CONTRACTS
 LONDON, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Commission of the European Communities (EC) recently awarded contracts to ICL and its co- collaborators for five advanced research and development projects being carried out over the next three years. Under terms of the contracts, the EC will fund 50 percent of development costs for the projects, which are part of the third European Strategic Programme for Research into Information Technoloy (ESPRIT III). Each participant funds the balance of its own development contribution.
 ICL has taken a leadership position in the ESPRIT program since its inception in 1982. As the European commission's principal research effort in advanced computing, ESPRIT was established to strengthen European computer manufacturers' competitiveness. The program sponsors pre-competitive research -- developing basic technologies on which individual companies can build
competitive products. Projects are primarily aimed at the development of very advanced "thinking machine" technologies.
 ICL has taken a leadership position in the ESPRIT program since its inception in 1982. As the European commission's principal research effort in advanced computing, ESPRIT was established to strengthen European computer manufacturers' competitiveness. The program sponsors pre-competitive research -- developing basic technologies on which individual companies can build competitive products. Projects are primarily aimed at the development of very advanced "thinking machine" technologies.
 Four of the ESPRIT III projects are aimed at developing basic technologies for massively parallel processing; the fifth will provide development tools for advanced semiconductor chip design. The cooperative development projects are undertaken by consortia of leading European technology centers, including IT vendors, software developers and universities.
 Explaining the significance of these projects, Andrew Boswell, ICL's technical director, commented: "The ESPRIT program sponsors collaborative research to help underpin innovation in high technology in Europe. These first five ESPRIT III projects are important not only for ICL but also for the future competitiveness of the industry in Europe.
 "They also underline ICL's own long-held belief in the value of collaboration both in the pre-competitive area and beyond, even if that means collaborating with someone who is also a competitor."
 ICL is also currently engaged in negotiations with the European commission for additional contracts arising from the call for proposals for ESPRIT III; these will be announced in due course.
 Projects Link Vendors, Universities:
 -- IDEA (Intelligent Database Environment for Advanced Application) -- technology developed in this project may eventually be used in medical and geographical mapping and weather applications.
 Partners are Bull (France); the European Computer Industry Research Centre (ECRC), jointly owned by ICL, Bull and Siemens of Germany; the Institut National de Recherche en Informatique et Automatique (INRIA, France); the Politecnico di Milano (Italy); TXT Ingeneria Informatica (Italy); with the Imperial Cancer Research Foundation (UK) as associate partner.
 -- EDS 2 (European Declarative Systems, Evaluation for Exploitation) is concerned with advanced computer language technology.
 ICL's partners are Siemens; Bull; the ECRC; with the Ecole Superieur d'Ingenieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique (ESIEE, France), Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme, Chorus Systemes (France) and Heriot-Watt University (Scotland) as associate partners.
 -- EPOCH (European Parallel Operating System based on Chorus).
 Partners are Siemens, with Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme, EHEI (Rene Descartes University, Paris), and IAO (Fraunhofer-Institut fur Arbeitwirtschaft und Organisation, Germany) as associate partners, and Chorus Systemes as subcontractor.
 -- PYTHAGORAS (Performance Quality Assessment of Advanced Database Systems).
 ICL's partners are Bull; the ECRC; the Institute of Mathematics, Amsterdam (CWI) (Netherlands); Ifatech (France); with Infosys, ESIEE and Heriot-Watt University as associate partners.
 All these projects build on technology developed since 1984, initially under the U.K. government-funded Alvey program and, since 1988, in earlier phases of ESPRIT to provide the industry in Europe with leading-edge capability. ICL participated fully in these earlier projects and will continue to play a major part in the new ones.
 -- The fifth contract is JCF (JESSI Common Frame).
 ICL's partners in JCF are Siemens Nixdorf Informationssysteme; Philips; Siemens; and SGS-Thomson.
 JCF is developing a framework for the integration of computer aided design (CAD) tools from proprietary sources, which will provide the CAD basis for the Joint European Submicron Silicon Initiative (JESSI). Links for standards promotion have been made with the U.S.- based CAD Framework Initiative (CFI) group.
 JESSI was established in 1989 to promote European chip technology under the auspices of EUREKA, a high technology organization grouping 19 West European countries, funded by national governments.
 Other European Technology Development
 In addition to ESPRIT, ICL is actively involved in a number of other EC-funded programs. These include:
 -- SHINE (Strategic Health Informatics Networks for Europe), a pan-European three-year health project developed by ICL and project- managed by an ICL-led consortium.
 -- SESAME (Secure European System for Applications in a Multivendor Environment) and SAMSON (Security and Management Services in Open Networks), two projects under the RACE program (Research and Development in Advanced Communications Technologies in Europe), which will run for up to three years.
 About ICL
 ICL PLC is a leading European-based information technology company with some 26,000 employees and operations in more than 70 countries. It has a successful strategy of growth through investment in research and development, partnerships and joint ventures. In 1991 ICL's revenue increased by 16 percent to 1,876 million pounds (U.S.$ 3.3 billion).
 A technological leader and supplier of high-quality services and products, ICL was one of the first companies worldwide to have its entire range of products conforming to open standards.
 ICL Inc., of Irvine, Calif., is the North American arm of ICL Mid Range Systems. It comprises several operations including an Advanced Development Group, responsible for strategic product development of UNIX servers, and North America Sales, responsible for direct sales to federal, legal and other strategic markets for integrated office systems.
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