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Date: Fri, 17 Sep 1999 09:01:26 EDT
Subject: SGI Releases Powerful Tools for Linux Software Development
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SGI Releases Powerful Tools for Linux Software Development

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE: SGI) announced today it has released to the open source community Jessie, a next-generation Integrated Development Environment (IDE) framework that will simplify and accelerate the creation of Linux(R) applications.

Jessie provides comprehensive debugging and performance analysis tools in an easy-to-understand, highly visual graphical user interface.  The graphical interface eliminates the need for employing command-line tools, a process that is common in existing open source tools for Linux.  In addition, Jessie is capable of handling multiple executable commands simultaneously, allowing developers to see the impact and interrelationships of commands on each other. This capability allows developers to find and correct errors earlier in the development cycle.

The release of Jessie signifies SGI's ongoing commitment to release technologies to the open source community that will advance the performance and scalability of the Linux operating system.  Jessie is available for immediate download at SGI's Open Source Portal located at

"SGI continues to make noteworthy contributions to open source software," said Sandra Potter, research director, Linux services, The Aberdeen Group. "Although there are commercial IDE offerings for Linux now, the respect SGI garners from the technical community at large makes me believe that Jessie is more than just the first open source IDE framework.  Jessie should encourage an even greater number of developers to begin using Linux as a cross-platform development asset."

Jessie has been written to focus on scalability, providing multi-process and multi-thread support for large applications.  Within the architecture of a single window, the free software has a highly intuitive user interface and is able to handle multiple executables.  Jessie is written in Java(TM) script, giving developers the broadest cross-platform support available.  Jessie supports C, C++, Assembler, Fortran and other languages that gdb, the industry standard Linux debugger, supports.

Robert Dewar, president and CEO, Ada Core Technologies, announced that his company will adapt the Jessie technology for use with the widely used GNAT Professional Ada 95 technology.  "There are a number of visual debugger interfaces in use now, but Jessie is the first to seriously address the issues of large scale multi-processor applications, which is a critical need for large scale Ada applications."

SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems.  Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at

NOTE:  SGI and the SGI logo are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.  Java and all Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.  All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.



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09/17/1999 09:00 EDT

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