'Monterey' slated for Q3 '00 launch

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SINGAPORE -- The unified Unix variant code-named Project Monterey being jointly developed by IBM, The Santa Cruz Operation Inc. and Sequent Computer Systems Inc. will be launched in the third quarter of next year, SCO President for Asia-Pacific James Clark said here today.

The Monterey-64 operating system will run on 32-bit and forthcoming 64-bit Intel Corp. Merced processors and IBM's PowerPC RISC processors, and will show the results of technology sharing between SCO and IBM and their respective UnixWare 7 and AIX Unix operating systems, Clark said at a technology seminar.

"We've taken the best bits of AIX with the best bits of UnixWare 7 and added some new features," he said. "Monterey-64 will also include a lot of AIX middleware."

Greater scalability and capacity will mark future developments to 2001, according to Clark. These developments will include clusters of 32 nodes, up from today's four to six nodes; the ability to handle 32-way SMP (symmetrical multiprocessing) systems, compared with today's 16-way systems; and an increase in maximum individual file sizes from 1T byte to 8T bytes.

The Monterey-64 project was endorsed in April by Compaq Computer Corp. when the company said it would use the operating system on its future 64-bit ProLiant servers.

The advanced operating system will enable SCO to migrate its business toward higher-end enterprise markets, Clark said.

"The critical factors for volume markets are standard hardware, a standard operating system and volume applications," he said.

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