Silicon Graphics added the latest version of its Irix operating system to the battle for the 64-bit Unix market this week.
Irix 6.5 is an upgrade release that will be ported to Intel's IA-64 architecture once that is finalised pos-2000. In the meantime, Silicon Graphics (SGI) will continue to push its Unix running on Mips processors.
However, Irix has always trailed other Unix operating systems in its support from software vendors, which are reluctant to write applications for an operating system that has a small customer base.
This version supports up to 128 processors on SGI's CC-Numa architecture and wider support for networking technologies, network operating systems and larger data management capability.
"Our intentions remain fixed on providing customers with pioneering computing solutions for solving the more challenging business problems. Irix 6.5 helps make this possible, and by porting it to the 64-bit Intel architecture and focusing on transparent interoperability with Windows NT, we'll be able to serve an even greater expanse of needs," said Richard Belluzo, chief executive.
The company hopes to have upgraded more than half of the existing Irix customer base within the next nine months.
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