Monterey/64 Becomes the First UNIX Operating System To Run on Intel’s Merced Chip

Dupont, Wash....September 17, 1999 -- IBM, SCO and Sequent today announced that the Monterey/64 operating system is the first commercial UNIX to run on Intel's Merced chip. The operating system boot on the Intel chip was completed at Intel's facilities in Dupont, Wash. This achievement underscores the commitment of the Monterey participants to establish Monterey/64 as the leading volume, commercial, enterprise-class UNIX operating system for the Intel IA-64 and IBM POWER processor architectures.

"Getting Monterey/64 up and running on Intel hardware in such a short time is an extraordinary achievement," said Rajiv Samant, general manager of UNIX for IBM. "With this milestone, we have overtaken Sun, HP and others in the industry. When you combine this achievement with the growing support from systems and software companies, it is clear that we will make Monterey the lead UNIX operating system."

"Monterey/64 will be a leading enterprise UNIX operating environment for customers and independent software developers," said Mike Fister, vice president of the Intel architecture group and general manager of the enterprise server group, Intel Corporation. "This significant development milestone represents the first major step for Monterey/64 to be available with Merced processor systems when Merced ships next year."

"Getting the Monterey/64 operating system up and running on real silicon enables us to get to the next level of engagement with our common ISVs and OEMs," said Mike Orr, senior vice president worldwide marketing, SCO. "We will now see an acceleration in 64-bit hardware design and development, and more ISVs actively porting to UnixWare 7 on IA-32 platforms and AIX on POWER platforms as they prepare for the release of Monterey/64."

"At the announcement of the Project Monterey initiative, we committed to delivering a product ready for Intel's Merced launch," said Jeff Pancottine, vice president global marketing, Sequent. "This latest milestone demonstrates that we are positioned not only to ship systems at the launch of Merced, but also to achieve leadership time to market."

Last month, IBM, SCO and Sequent successfully demonstrated the Apache Webserver on Monterey/64 on the Intel Merced simulator at the Intel Developer's Forum in Palm Springs, Calif. The port of Apache Webserver to Monterey/64 was accomplished in less than a day through a simple compile-and-go, proving the migration of applications to Monterey/64 will be very straightforward.

Industry momentum for Project Monterey continues to grow at a rapid pace, with many leading hardware companies on board, including Acer, Bull, Compaq, CETIA (a subsidiary of Thomson-CF), IBM Netfinity servers, ICL, Sequent, Unisys and most recently, Samsung Electronics. Project Monterey also continues to add new independent software developers and providers. Cygnus Solutions, a leader in open-source software, this week announced an agreement with IBM to provide Cygnus GNUPro software development tools, optimized for the AIX operating system on POWER and IA-64. Also this week, Edinburgh Portable Compilers (EPC), announced its support for Project Monterey. EPC disclosed its plans to make available cross-compiling and native versions of its C/C++ and Fortran compilation tool kits for the Project Monterey product line.

Project Monterey Background
Announced last October, Project Monterey is a major UNIX operating system initiative led by IBM, SCO, Sequent and Intel. The objective of the Project Monterey initiative is to establish a volume, enterprise-class, UNIX product line that runs across Intel IA-32 and IA-64 processors and IBM's POWER processors in systems that range from departmental to large data center servers. As part of this initiative, a volume UNIX operating system is being developed for Intel's IA-64 processors using technologies from IBM's AIX, SCO's UnixWare and Sequent's enterprise technologies.

Leading software companies who have announced support for Project Monterey include: Baan, BEA Systems, Compuware, Cygnus Solutions, Data Pro Accounting Software, Informix, Merant Micro Focus, Netscape Communications Corporation, Novell, PeopleSoft, Pick Systems, Progress Software, Rational, Real World, Risk Management Technology, Software AG, SAS Institute, TakeFive, Tivoli, Viador, as well as BMC Software, daly.commerce, Facet, Geac SmartEnterprise Solutions, ISOCOR, J.D. Edwards, Marcam Solutions, Parasoft, Sanchez, Sapiens International N.V., Sendmail and TIBCO.

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