IBM has announced that it is working with Intel to tune its JavaOS for Business for network computers (NCs) based on Intel processors, and to support Intel's Lean Client Guidelines.
The JavaOS for Business software will support both the Network Computer Reference Platform and the Intel Architecture Lean Client Guideline, as expected. The initial release will support Intel processors and will be available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) mid-year.
The first hardware to result from the collaboration will be a high-end version of IBM's Network Station NC. The Intel-based NC is expected to be available in the first half of 1999.
"Working with Intel will allow IBM to strengthen and improve the JavaOS for Business," said Mike Lawrie, general manager of IBM Network Computing Software. "It is IBM's goal to establish the JavaOS for Business software as an industry standard platform for customers in the server-managed environment."
"We are looking forward to the results of our work with IBM to optimise JavaOS for Business for Intel processors, as this provides another alternative for the Lean Client initiative" said Will Swope, vice president of the Business Platform group at Intel. "OEMs that choose to build systems based on the Lean Client Guidelines will have access to all of Intel's tuning tools for the Intel processor."
IBM and Intel will share technology and development resources to tune performance, installation, and manageability for the JavaOS for Business software on NCs based on Intel processors. Areas being considered for tuning include performance of the Java application environment, device drivers, multimedia, security, and communications. In addition, IBM, Intel, and IBM's Lotus will pursue enhanced performance of the Lotus eSuite WorkPlace for use on Intel processors.
IBM and Sun Microsystems jointly develop and co-market the JavaOS for Business. It is designed to run Java applications in an NC environment.