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SGI's Irix wins defense certification

Irix, the version of Unix supplied by technical computing specialist SGI, has been certified to run the Defense Department's Common Operating Environment (COE), the Mountain View, Calif.-based company said Thursday. The COE is software that runs on many different operating systems, shielding government and military computer users from differences in the many types of computers they employ.

SGI's Irix version 6.5.17 passed the compliance testing on an Octane2 V12 workstation with dual R14000A processors, the company said. To pass the 29 validation tests, SGI had to translate about 875,000 lines of software to Irix and assemble 1,500 pages of supporting documentation.