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July 13, 1987


By CBR Staff Writer

Fujitsu Ltd will shortly announce support for a version of Amdahl Corp’s UTS implementation of Unix System V for its VP series of scientific supercomputers, reports our Tokyo correspondent. The VP machines are IBM-compatible, and Fujitsu will support UTS/M on them under its AVM rewrite of IBM’s VM/370 operating system. Unix is increasingly becoming the operating system of choice for large-scale scientific processors, and is the standard operating system on the Cray Research Cray 2. Support for Unix will also enable Fujitsu to support its new G-series of 68020-based workstations as terminals to the VP supercomputers – which are marketed in the US by Amdahl Corp, and in Europe by both Amdahl and Siemens. The Facom G series machines comes in three models, G150 and G150A based on the 68020, and G140, based on the 68010. The operating system is SX/G, based on Unix, and providing support for up to 16 screen windows, and the G machines also run the EShell/X expert system shell. Languages supported include Lisp, Prolog and Fujitsu’s mainframe Fortran 77 compiler (which was the first software product offered by the company in the US, some five years ago). Prices for the Gs start at $8,150 for the G140 and $12,000 for the G150A.

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