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August 23, 1988

GENSYM SHOWS “WORLD’s FIRST” DISTRIBUTED EXPERT SYSTEMS

By CBR Staff Writer

Gensym Corp, Cambridge, Massachusetts developer of the G2 Real Time Expert System, has announced and demonstrated G2 Network, claiming it to be the first architecture to support co-operating expert systems for distributed applications. G2 Network is written for standard computer networks, enabling users to create expert systems that co-operate in real time. It was demonstrated using a TCP/IP Ethernet link between G2s running on computers from Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Texas Instruments, and also on a DECnet connection between DEC VAXstations. G2 Network consists of four elements: G2 Real-Time Expert Systems; Intelligent Communications Protocol – ICP – networking software, Telewindows remote window system, and the G2 Standard Interface interface development package. The key addition, the Intelligent Communications Protocol, is a network protocol layer enabling knowledge-based applications to share information across a network of co-operating applications, data servers, user interfaces, and support software. It runs on top of the likes of Ethernet, DECnet, TCP/IP, and other Open nets. Telewindows enables access to any number of G2 real-time expert systems in a network with multi-user access to a knowledge base; no prices or delivery given.

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