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January 15, 1987

CDI PLANS PICK FOR IBM’s RT PERSONAL

By CBR Staff Writer

CDI Information Systems Inc, the former Computer Distributors Inc of Seattle, Washington, is back out of Chapter XI bankruptcy protection and raring to go. The small company, celebrated around the world for its implementation of the Pick operating system for IBM’s Series 1 minicomputer, has decided that IBM’s newest technical processor, the RT Personal, is the ideal vehicle for its next Pick trick. In plans to become the first outside company to take advantage of the magic Virtual Resources Manager, VRM, which isolates the operating software from the hardware of the RT, and will implement Pick on top of VRM, so that it will be easily portable to any new hardware that IBM may come up with for the RT. Pick will also take advantage of the communications offered on the RT, which include SNA/SDLC, LU 6.2 emulation and Token Ring. CDI was an IBM SuperVAR for the Series 1 until it filed Chapter XI in 1984, but did not renew the pact after it emerged in mid-1985; it has no present plans to go back into hardware, but may think again when it sees the upcoming high-end RT (CI No 599).

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