An Industry Project to Progress Microkernel-based Open Operating Systems for the 1990s


OUVERTURE - 6603

Keywords operating systems, microkernel technology, object-oriented technologies, Unix


Start Date: 27-MAY-92 / Duration: 36 months

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adding value to a market standard, UNIX System V Release 4 (SVR4), through the addition of the Chorus distributed Microkernel technology and other object-oriented technologies

Objectives

The objective of OUVERTURE is to add value to a market standard, Unix System V Release 4 (SVR4), through the addition of the Chorus distributed Microkernel technology and other object-oriented technologies. A tight focus on market requirements will be ensured through the involvement of four major European IT manufacturers, who will play a major role in defining requirements, in evaluation, and in exploiting the project's results. Close interactions with Unix System Laboratories is expected to facilitate the exchange of views with a broad community of IT manufacturers.

The aim is to target the broadest possible market, and particularly the mainstream Unix market for small to medium-sized systems. Attention is also paid to the real-time embedded systems and high-performance parallel computing systems markets, where Microkernel technology has already proved to be of major benefit.

Progress and Results

Specification and architecture design of the "serverised" version of UNIX SVR4.2 MP have been completed.

A strategically important result of the project has been the UNIX System Laboratory's decision to base their own microkernel-based implementation of the SVR4.2 MP operating system product on the Chorus microkernel, including the results from OUVERTURE. Alcatel has decided on Chorus microkernel technology as their standard operating system for the whole group.

Further information about OUVERTUR is available from the OUVERTURE home page.


CONTACT POINT

Mr Didier Irlande
Chorus Systèmes
6, Avenue Gustave Eiffel
F - 78182 St Quentin-en-Yvelines
tel: + 33 / 1-3064-8200
fax: + 33 / 1-3057-0066

Participants

CHORUS SYSTEMES - F - C
OLIVETTI - I - P
UNIX SYSTEMS LABORATORIES - UK - P
ALCATEL ALSTHOM RECHERCHE - F - P
SIEMENS NIXDORF - D - P
INMOS - UK - P
ALCATEL BUSINESS SYSTEMS - F - A
SIEMENS - D - A
ALCATEL AUSTRIA /
- FORSCHUNGZENTRUM - A - A


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OUVERTURE - 6603, December 1993


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