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OSF LAUNCHES INTEROPERABILITY LAB FOR OPEN SYSTEMS: VENDORS CAN NOW ENSURE FULL PRODUCT INTEROPERABILITY

 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- The Open Software Foundation today opened the doors to the first vendor neutral, international interoperability testing laboratory for open systems. Located at OSF's Cambridge headquarters, the Interoperability Lab (ILAB) replicates a multi-vendor end user environment for reality-based interoperability testing and verification. The launch of the ILAB program is the latest milestone in OSF's drive to accelerate the availability of open, interoperable computing solutions to end users.
 The core lab facility currently offers eleven machines representing six popular hardware architectures and seven different operating systems in the first fully interactive testing environment of its kind. Open on an on-going basis to anyone wishing to test the interoperability of distributed computing products, the ILAB is comprised of machines from IBM, Hewlett Packard, Digital Equipment Corp., Siemens Nixdorf, Gradient and Transarc. This fully functional, proven interoperable test environment includes HP-UX(tm) on the PA-RISC(tm) architecture, DEC OSF/1(tm) on Alpha(tm) platforms, Sinix(tm) and Unix(R) System V.4 on Intel 486(tm), and Solaris(tm) and SunOS(tm) on SPARC(tm), as well as OSF's reference platforms, the IBM RS-6000(tm) running AIX3.2(tm) and the MIPS-based DECStation 3100 running OSF/1.
 "The opening of the interoperability lab represents a major step forward toward the widespread implementation of interoperable open systems," asserted Ram Kumar, technology manager for OSF's DCE technology. "The ILAB is a key element of OSF's effort to ensure that end users can specify and buy distributed computing products with confidence that they will interoperate fully and effectively in distributed heterogeneous environments."
 In addition to the core lab participants, who have free access to the lab, the ILAB can host up to 20 platforms onsite for testing at one time. Space is reservable on a first come, first served basis; some remote testing options are also available.
 "For the first time, vendors can test the 'real world' distributed computing functionality of their implementations in an open, interactive environment," commented Ray Mazzaferro, OSF's manager of interoperability lab services. "ILAB participants work freely with each other and the OSF engineering staff to ensure the level of provable interoperability for their products that end users are increasingly demanding."
 Initially, DCE implementation testing will be the primary focus for the ILAB, but testing is not restricted to DCE licensees -- the lab is open to any vendor with a DCE-interoperable product. The ILAB will also serve as the venue for DCE certification, and over time, the lab's service offerings will expand to encompass application interoperability testing and support for DME-based product testing.
 Registration kits which describe the ILAB program, lab services and fee structure are now available from OSF. Anyone interested in obtaining a registration kit and/or registering for participation in the lab is invited to contact OSF Direct Channels at 617-621-7300, or send an electronic mail message directly to osf-ilab@osf.org.
 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, the 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. OSF uses an innovative open process for finding and implementing the best technology from organizations throughout the world. Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., the OSF has over 350 members and 300 employees worldwide.
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 NOTE TO EDITORS: OSF, OSF/1 and Open Software Foundation are trademarks of the Open Software Foundation, Inc. PA-RISC and HP/UX are trademarks of Hewlett-Packard. Ultrix and Alpha are trademarks of Digital Equipment Corp. AIX and RS-6000 are trademarks of International Business Machines, Inc. Unix is a registered trademark of Unix System Laboratory in the U.S. and other countries. Sinix is a trademark of Siemens Nixdorf. SunOS and SPARC are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. Solaris is a trademark of SunSoft, Inc.
 /CONTACT: Eileen Coons of Open Software Foundation, 617-621-8754/


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