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November 1, 1996

Products: KAI KAP/Pro V2.0 Is Now Available. PsiTech’s Dual Head for SGI 02 Desktop Workstation.


  Champaign, Illinois -- Kuck & Associates Monday announced the immediate
availability of Version 2.0 of the KAP/Pro Toolset, a set of parallel
programming tools for shared memory parallel (SMP) systems. KAP/Pro Toolset
delivers parallel software engineering for developers of large-scale Fortran
software applications. Version 2.0 includes Assure, the industry's first
parallel correctness verifier. According to a press release, KAP/Pro is for
programmers who: (1) know their application, (2) want top SMP performance,
and (3) need greater parallel programming productivity. KAP/Pro Toolset
provides several innovations: portability of ordinary Fortran programs to
all Unix and NT SMP systems, effective performance analysis tools, and a
unique approach to parallel debugging that really finds bugs and saves
programmer time.

  The five components of the KAP/Pro Toolset are: KAP, KAI's parallelizer,
for automatic optimization; Guide, syntax to express portable parallelism
explicitly; GuideView, to understand and correct parallel performance
problems; Assure, to verify the correctness of their parallel program; and
Application Accelerators which are bundled with the application.

  The KAP/Pro Toolset is currently in use at national laboratories,
independent software vendors (ISVs), industrial software developers and
universities. Applications being parallelized or ported include automotive
crash simulations, nuclear reactor and weapons design, weather forecasting
and oil reservoir simulation.

  Software developers use KAP/Pro Toolset on these development and production
systems: Digital Alpha UNIX, IBM RS/6000 AIX, SGI Irix, SPARC-based Solaris
and WindowsNT platforms. For more information go to the KAP/Pro Toolset page
on the Internet at


  Fountain Valley, Calif. -- PsiTech Oct. 28 introduced a high resolution
display card and software that will provide a dual head fully-integrated
system for Silicon Graphics' new line of workstations. Called the PsiTech
RAD4, the product will provide multiple display head capabilities for the
Silicon Graphics' 02 desktop. The PsiTech RAD4 provides a solution for
applications that require greater display space and/or better visual
separation between user interface and graphical output. Additional display
capabilities enhance the 02 workstation by matching the display space to the
graphic potential of the workstation and application. The RAD4 is fully
compatible with the 02 workstation and provides 24 bit color frame buffer
with resolutions of 1280x1024, 2048x1024, or 1600x1280 pixels; up to 76 Hz
vertical refresh rate; and 200 MHz of pixel bandwidth. The RAD4 uses a
half-length PCI card in a standard 32 bit PCI bus and can be used with either
landscape or portrait monitors. The RAD4 package also includes fully
transparent native keyboard and mouse support. All of these features are
accessible through standard X-Windows and applications that are fully
compliant with the OpenGL API, delivering a seamless multiple display
Graphical User Interface. The RAD4 can support a variety of display products
as well as wall projection systems. The RAD4 is available now and pricing
starts at $1499 in quantity purchases. Details can be obtained from


  Easton, Mass. -- SDL Communications Oct. 28 announced immediate
availability of a 45-51 Mbps T3 and HSSI PCI WAN module for the OEM market.
This SDL CC3i adapter is explicitly targeted at enterprises that have
high-speed data and video requirements, as well as Internet Service Providers
(ISPs) and corporations seeking high-capacity Internet or Intranet
interfaces. The SDL CC3i adapter can also be gainfully used for ATM or SMDS
DXI applications such as interfacing Frame Relay networks to ATM. According
to a press release from SDI, CC3i is the first PCI based adapter that offers
support for the strategic and increasingly popular T3, E3, HSSI & DXI
interfaces. The CC3i is based on SDL's proven, highly successful modular
motherboard and daughter card design, with popular electrical [e.g. V.35] and
telecomms [e.g. T3] interfaces. The electrical interfaces supported include:
EIA530, RS442, V.35 and HSSI. The SDL CC3i adapter ships with tested,
reliable and highly stable drivers for DOS, WINDOWS-NT and most popular
versions of UNIX. A well defined and comprehensively documented API is also
available to facilitate OEM and Systems Integration applications. The SDL
CC3i currently supports HDLC and Clear Channel Transparent Mode data
transfer. The CC3i can be managed via SNMP and includes a full repertoire of
diagnostic tools. The OEM pricing for the SDL CC3i will be in the $3,000
range. Details can be obtained from SDL at 508-238-4490.


  Boston, Mass. -- Eonic Systems recently announced availability of its high
performance Virtuosos Classico/SP for the OakDSPCore from the DSP Group. The
OakDSPCore is a 40Mips fixed point ASIC core DSP used in low-power,
high-volume applications. Virtuoso Classico on the OakDSPCore is an example
of an advanced software development tool used in areas where previously all
software was laboriously coded by hand. Unlike traditional real-time
operating systems which are too large and impose too much overhead for use in
such cost-sensitive applications, Virtuoso offers 250 nanosecond interrupt
latencies and a choice of scheduling routines as small as 300 words. The
Virtuoso Classico architecture has multi-tasking at the microkernel level,
multiple processes (lightweight threads) at the nanokernel level, and
Interrupt Service Routines (ISR) at the lowest level. High speed performance
is achieved through the use of Eonic Systems' nanokernel, a round-robin
scheduler with very low overhead (context switch times are less than 700
nanoseconds at 40 MHz). Virtuoso Classico/SP includes a host server, standard
I/0, a PC graphics library, and a task level debugger with a tracing monitor.
Because the OakDSPCore lacks standard timers, system timer services can be
implemented at a minimal charge for customer specific implementations.
Development system pricing begins at $3,500. Details can be obtained from
Eonic Systems Inc.


  Alameda, Calif. -- Wind River Systems has announced a new Tornado
Transition Kit for migrating embedded applications based on other embedded
operating systems to the VxWorks operating system, part of Wind River's
Tornado development environment. This easy-to-use Kit is available free of
charge via the World Wide Web at . The first
version the Tornado Transition Kit was developed in conjunction with Motorola
Computer Group for users of the VMEexec operating system. The Tornado
Transition Kit provides a run-time library that maps existing kernel calls to
the appropriate VxWorks functions. Legacy code is first run on VxWorks with
the use of the included transition library. This gives developers an interim
step to ensure that the application code runs easily on VxWorks. After this
is completed, developers can optimize the application code by replacing
existing function calls with analogous VxWorks calls where needed. Kernel
functionalities, including semaphores, message queues, events, asynchronous
signal routines, timers, task management, and memory management, are covered
by the Kit. The Transition Kit is designed for UNIX-, Windows 95- and Windows
NT-hosted versions of Tornado.


  Madison Heights, Mich. -- Open Mind Software Technologies has releases
version 3.0 of hyperMILL for the Autodesk Mechanical Desktop. hyperMILL
converts CAD designs into NC data (Numerical Control instructions for
machining) without having to leave the familiar CAD program environment.
hyperMILL is a 3-axis NC machining software system that creates gouge-free
multi-axis NC cutter path directly from the Autodesk surface and solid model
geometry. New features to hyperMILL 3.0 include a unique joblist user
interface and higher processing speeds. hyperMILL is marketed through
independent Value Added Resellers in the U.S., the Pacific Rim, Japan and
Europe. The company, based in Munich, Germany, has established a wholly owned
subsidiary near Detroit, MI. Details can be obtained by calling Open Mind at


  New York, NY -- CADIS Inc. this week announced that its Krakatoa
interactive finding technology is now available for the JavaStation. First
introduced in November 1995, Krakatoa is an object-oriented content
management and data retrieval engine based on Sun Microsystems' Java platform
and JavaScript. Krakatoa is designed for use by content publishers, allowing
them to provide rapid, intuitive access to complex or extensive information
over any TCP/IP network, including the World Wide Web and corporate
intranets. "CADIS is committed to pursuing Krakatoa development on the
JavaStation," said CADIS Chief Technology Officer Chris Beall. "Krakatoa's
compact client software and distributed architecture complement Java's
network-centric model, and make it an ideal solution for the new JavaStation.
The thin client is the way of the future."

  Krakatoa Version 2 is priced starting at $1,500 for a single knowledge base
containing up to 1,000 instances and five concurrent users. It is available
for Sun Solaris, HP-UX and NT servers, and Netscape-equivalent browsers.
Details can be obtained from the CADIS or Krakatoa Web sites.


  Columbia, Md. -- TSI TelSys Inc. has introduced its new Reconfigurable
Systems Technology, designed to offer TSI TelSys' customers the speed and
performance of a direct hardware solution with the flexibility and ease of
use of an object oriented software environment. Traditionally, system
hardware functions are "hard wired" onto system board elements. "To change a
board element, whether adding a new function or correcting an error, a new
board must be designed and manufactured," said Jim Chesney, president of TSI
TelSys Incorporated.

  "In contrast, TSI TelSys' Reconfigurable Systems Technology includes a new
System Level Environment and the Virtual Information Processor (VIP) card,
that allows us to make changes to a card at the core logic level after it has
been manufactured and installed and without modifying the physical hardware,"
Chesney continued. "Manufacturers and Value Added Resellers can now combine
existing TSI TelSys hardware 'objects' and develop new ones to meet customer
requirements without the time and expense associated with hardware
manufacturing. Customers can make major logic changes to their own systems
after purchase, greatly extending the useful life of their equipment. You
might say that TSI TelSys has made obsolescence obsolete."

  Using the VIP card in their Gateway Systems -- devices that link satellite
networks to ground networks at high data rates -- TSI TelSys is able to
replace a number of special-purpose boards with several "instances" of a
single VIP card. The VIP card will be used in a November delivery to NASA's
Marshall Space Flight Center in support of the International Space Station
Program. This delivery consists of two Gateway Systems that support testing,
simulation, integration, and training activities within the Payload Data
Services System, at 75 Mbps. Charles Kozlowski, Director of Technology
Applications at TelSys, said, "The application of our Virtual Information
Processor (VIP) card allows TSI TelSys to provide a flexible solution to our
customer's requirements, in the shortest possible time frame." Further
information about TSI TelSys, including copies of press releases, may be
found through the TSI TelSys Internet Web site at

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