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Silicon Graphics Computer Systems Inc has anounced a contract with McDonnell Douglas for $2m worth of its Iris 3110 visual computing workstations. The 3D graphics workstations will be used for mechanical computer-aided engineering and will run McDonnell Douglas’ proprietary computer-aided design and drafting software for the design and analysis of military aircraft. The new workstations will complement a garden of more than 200 Irises with McDonnell Douglas’ St Louis-based aircraft division. The Unix-based stations will be connected to IBM host computers using the IBM 3278 protocol and 3174 controllers, and to DEC VAX computers via Ethernet and TCP/IP. With this order, Silicon Graphics will have more than 400 stations installed at various McDonnell Douglas divisions, including the St Louis air-craft division, Mesa, Arizona helicoptor division and Long Beach, California-based Douglas Aircraft.

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