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Vividata Inc.'s printing, scanning and faxing solutions for Unix platforms are now being offered by Baltimore-based reseller ECS Technologies Inc. on NASA's Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement II contract. ~PostShop, which Vividata said is widely deployed within the Defense Department, allows users to print Adobe Systems Inc. PostScript, Portable Document Format and other image file formats to non-PostScript printers. ScanShop scans, prints, compresses, stores, retrieves and displays documents in full color, gray-scale and bi-level. It was developed according to specifications of DOD, which now has more than 100,000 licenses, according to Berkeley, Calif.-based Vividata. ~~New super to aid El Ni–o predictions~NASA plans to use a soon-to-be-completed supercomputer installation to improve weather models for predicting long-range climate patterns, including future appearances of El Ni–o. ~An upgrade of a Cray Research T3E scalable parallel supercomputer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, scheduled for completion next month, will enable the agency's Seasonal to Interannual Prediction Project to refine the resolution of its model. Scientists will be able to view details in the model down to a range of 30 miles. ~The system from Silicon Graphics Inc./Cray Research will contain 1,024 processors and calculate 400 billion floating-point operations per second, making it one of the world's five fastest computers, according to NASA. ~~Gateway, Micron announce PCs with faster processors~Gateway 2000 Inc. and Micron Electronics Inc. joined several major computer manufacturers in announcing new products that include faster Pentium II chips from Intel Corp. ~Gateway announced it is offering the Intel processor in its G-Series desktop PCs, equipped to handle demanding multimedia applications, and in its GP-Series PCs, designed to meet the needs of small- to medium-size businesses. ~Prices for standard G-Series desktop PCs configurations will range from $2,499 to $3,799. ~Prices for the GP-Series PCs range from $2,499 to $2,999. ~Both lines also incorporate Intel's new 440BX AGPset, which boosts the speed of data transfer from memory to the processor by more than 50 percent. ~Micron's new desktop PCs have been added to the company's high-end Millennia line, which caters to small offices, and to its ClientPro line of managed PCs, which serves customers in medium and large networked office environments. ~The new Micron systems also incorporate Pentium II 350 MHz and 400 MHz processors and the new 440 BX AGPset. The Millennia 350 starts at $2,299, while the ClientPro 350 starts at $2,499. ~~New product, division for Vredenberg~Vredenberg, Reston, Va., has introduced a software package designed to automate the processing of Freedom of Information Act requests and the publishing of frequently requested documents to the World Wide Web. ~V:EFOIA will be marketed by a newly created division of Vredenberg: Vredenberg Information Technology Group. The package offers case management and redaction tools, a payment processing module and capability to share documents securely on the Internet during review. Larry Den, VITG's vice president, said the product supports the requirements of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act and a Clinton administration policy to declassify old government documents. ~~Cabletron launches new software ~Cabletron Systems Inc. earlier this month announced Spectrum 5.0, which is a new version of its enterprise management software. Version 5.0 offers increased performance, Year 2000 compliance, better integration with Windows NT and enhancements to the user interface. Also, the Enterprise Configuration Manager in Spectrum 5.0 provides quick access to configurations, templates and devices on the network.Vividata products added to SEWP II

Vividata Inc.'s printing, scanning and faxing solutions for Unix platforms are now being offered by Baltimore-based reseller ECS Technologies Inc. on NASA's Scientific and Engineering Workstation Procurement II contract.

PostShop, which Vividata said is widely deployed within the Defense Department, allows users to print Adobe Systems Inc. PostScript, Portable Document Format and other image file formats to non-PostScript printers. ScanShop scans, prints, compresses, stores, retrieves and displays documents in full color, gray-scale and bi-level. It was developed according to specifications of DOD, which now has more than 100,000 licenses, according to Berkeley, Calif.-based Vividata.

New super to aid El Ni–o predictions

NASA plans to use a soon-to-be-completed supercomputer installation to improve weather models for predicting long-range climate patterns, including future appearances of El Ni–o.

An upgrade of a Cray Research T3E scalable parallel supercomputer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, scheduled for completion next month, will enable the agency's Seasonal to Interannual Prediction Project to refine the resolution of its model. Scientists will be able to view details in the model down to a range of 30 miles.

The system from Silicon Graphics Inc./Cray Research will contain 1,024 processors and calculate 400 billion floating-point operations per second, making it one of the world's five fastest computers, according to NASA.

Gateway, Micron announce PCs with faster processors

Gateway 2000 Inc. and Micron Electronics Inc. joined several major computer manufacturers in announcing new products that include faster Pentium II chips from Intel Corp.

Gateway announced it is offering the Intel processor in its G-Series desktop PCs, equipped to handle demanding multimedia applications, and in its GP-Series PCs, designed to meet the needs of small- to medium-size businesses.

Prices for standard G-Series desktop PCs configurations will range from $2,499 to $3,799.

Prices for the GP-Series PCs range from $2,499 to $2,999.

Both lines also incorporate Intel's new 440BX AGPset, which boosts the speed of data transfer from memory to the processor by more than 50 percent.

Micron's new desktop PCs have been added to the company's high-end Millennia line, which caters to small offices, and to its ClientPro line of managed PCs, which serves customers in medium and large networked office environments.

The new Micron systems also incorporate Pentium II 350 MHz and 400 MHz processors and the new 440 BX AGPset. The Millennia 350 starts at $2,299, while the ClientPro 350 starts at $2,499.

New product, division for Vredenberg

Vredenberg, Reston, Va., has introduced a software package designed to automate the processing of Freedom of Information Act requests and the publishing of frequently requested documents to the World Wide Web.

V:EFOIA will be marketed by a newly created division of Vredenberg: Vredenberg Information Technology Group.

The package offers case management and redaction tools, a payment processing module and capability to share documents securely on the Internet during review. Larry Den, VITG's vice president, said the product supports the requirements of the Electronic Freedom of Information Act and a Clinton administration policy to declassify old government documents.

Cabletron launches new software

Cabletron Systems Inc. earlier this month announced Spectrum 5.0, which is a new version of its enterprise management software. Version 5.0 offers increased performance, Year 2000 compliance, better integration with Windows NT and enhancements to the user interface. Also, the Enterprise Configuration Manager in Spectrum 5.0 provides quick access to configurations, templates and devices on the network.

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