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INDUSTRIAL CONSORTIUM LAUNCHES ECU$14M OPERATING SYSTEM PROJECT WITH SUPPORT OF CEC

 INDUSTRIAL CONSORTIUM LAUNCHES ECU$14M
 OPERATING SYSTEM PROJECT WITH SUPPORT OF CEC
 BRUSSELS, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Chorus Systems announced today that a major move to drive the future direction of operating system technology is occurring today with the announcement of a $14 million ECU project called "Ouverture." The project is part of the ESPRIT program of the Commission of the European Communities (CEC). Funding is provided by the CEC, a powerful consortium of prominent system vendors (Alcatel Alsthom, Olivetti, SGS-Thomson and Siemens Nixdorf), system technology providers (Chorus systemes and UNIX System Laboratories (USL)). The move is a key part of long-term efforts to ensure a successful competitive position for European information technology and European IT enterprises.
 The consortium includes both users and suppliers of computer technology to ensure that requirements of open systems computing are met. UNIX International, the body whose mission it is to define the new features for UNIX(R) System V and related technology along widely discussed and accepted lines, is also participating in the project.
 Ouverture will combine the best of European and U.S. technology. Its objective is to move forward the open operating system state-of-the -art quickly and cost-effectively. It will do this by enhancing the already available CHORUS/MiX(TM) (the de facto microkernel architecture standard), and other advanced technologies. At the same time, these will be integrated into the industry's open system standard, UNIX System Laboratories' UNIX System V Release 4 (SVR4).
 "We are pleased to see USL, the market leader of Open Operating Systems, join us, Chorus systemes, and other major European IT companies in our cooperative R&D effort to progress the open IT industry. We believe this will reinforce our position as well as theirs on the international market," said Hubert Zimmermann, chairman and chief executive officer, Chorus systemes.
 "We are delighted to be working with our partners in Europe on advancing UNIX System V Release 4 technology into new areas," added Bob Mitze, managing director, UNIX System Laboratories Europe. "The Ouverture project will spread the benefits of open systems into new market areas and also demonstrates the significant role Europe plays in the ongoing development of the open systems business."
 Consortium members and the CEC consider both technical and market requirements to be important to the execution of Ouverture. The project will target the mainstream UNIX market but also give special attention to the rapidly growing areas of real-time embedded systems and high performance parallel processing systems.
 "Ouverture is particularly relevant to the new targeted Open Microprocessor Systems Initiative (OMI) which is expected to contribute both to real-time embedded systems and to computer systems," said Jean- Marie Cadiou, director of the CEC's ESPRIT program. "It is also expected to play an important role in the High Performance Computing (HPC) area under ESPRIT III." The project will focus on:
 -- optimizing the integration of microkernel technology into the mainstream UNIX SVR4 environment and further enhancing that environment to address applications in massively parallel, high availability and real-time areas
 -- introducing object-oriented interfaces to the CHORUS Nucleus resulting in an OS that effectively and efficiently leverages both UNIX and object-oriented requirements
 -- researching and applying the benefits of object-oriented technology to the UNIX system implementation
 -- developing advanced distributed real-time facilities which will enable designers to more effectively apply multi-processor solutions to real-time problems, including telecommunications and control and command systems
 -- providing more scalability to distributed operating systems on massively parallel architectures with high-speed interconnects and helping realize the great performance potential of multi-processing configurations
 Ouverture is one of the key components of the CEC's ESPRIT III program. The ESPRIT program is the CEC's 3 billion dollar investment for developing advanced world-class European-developed information technologies for the 1990s. One of the main ESPRIT III directions is to promote the development of successful research into clear commercial advantage. Many project applications are submitted in response to calls for proposals but only a few survive the strict review process. This year, the evidence of strong commitment of the individual parties in the exploitation of the project's results was an important criterion.
 UNIX System Laboratories Inc., headquartered in Summit, N.J., is the source of UNIX System V and other Open Systems software technology, including the TUXEDO(R) Enterprise Transaction Processing System, Open Networking Platform(TM) OSI software, and the C++ Language System. USL's customers include virtually all of the computer vendors in the worldwide Open Systems marketplace.
 Chorus Systems Inc. of Beaverton, Ore., is the U.S. subsidiary of Chorus systemes, S.A. of France. The company designs and markets a family of operating systems based on the CHORUS microkernel technology. Chorus provides computer system manufacturers, telecommunications equipment vendors and board-level computer vendors a powerful development environment in which to build next-generation open systems. CHORUS/MiX is the only commercially licensed microkernel-based System V distributed operating system. Among major hardware manufacturers that have publicly announced their choice of Chorus technology are Unisys, Alcatel, GPT (GEC-Plessey Telecom) and SHS-Thomas (INMOS). UNIX System Laboratories announced a strategic agreement and VAR relationship with Chorus in November 1991.
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 NOTE: UNIX and TUXEDO are registered trademarks and Open Networking Platform is a trademark of UNIX System Laboratories Inc. CHORUS is a registered trademark and CHORUS/MiX is a trademark of Chorus Systems Inc.
 /CONTACT: Bob Anundson of Chorus Systems, 503-690-2303; Larry Lytle of UNIX System Laboratories, 908-522-5186; or Mari Mineta Clapp, 415-354-4449, or Jennifer Rothert, 415-354-4514, both of Regis McKenna, for Chorus/ CO: Chorus Systems Inc.; UNIX System Laboratories Inc. ST: IN: CPR SU:


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