Specification of Unix as a machine-independent standard operating environment amongst government bodies led by the Swedish government, the UK Central Computer & Telecommunications Agency and the US Department of Defense are now being followed by the South Korean administration. This month the government’s prime contractor, Data Communications Corp of Korea – Dacom, announced that it will use Tolerant Systems’ Unix-based Eternity Series to implement the $176m National Administration Information System project. The specifications for the project include Unix compatibility, fault tolerance and a distributed architecture. Tolerant Systems has signed a five-year purchase, manufacturing and technology licensing agreement with Dacom which has a minimum total value of $11m. To date, Tolerant has received purchase orders from Dacom amounting to $6.1m. Dacom is jointly owned by the Korean government and several Korean electronics and high- technology companies which in 1988 will begin manufacturing and marketing their own computer systems based on Tolerant technology. The technology transfer is subject to the final approval of the Korean Ministry of Commerce and Industry. By the end of 1988 the Korean government is scheduled to have seven administrative subsystems on line: residence, real estate, employment, retirement pensions, customs clearance, vehicle registration and economic statistics. Five more subsystems are scheduled for 1991, and 31 more by the year 2000. The initial phase of the National Administration installation will consist of around 90 Eternity processors and their peripheral devices, physically located at five different computer centers in Kwangju, Pusan, Seoul, Taegu, and Taejon. These sites will be linked by Dacom’s own wide-area network supporting some 10,000 workstations throughout Korea.
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