POWER UNIX Operating System for the '90s and beyond


The brains behind the brawn

The IBM RISC System/6000(r) has established itself as a performance leader. As with any hardware architecture, however, true processing power is realized only when an operating system is designed to exploit it.

AIX/6000(r) Version 3.2 from IBM represents the latest in UNIX(r) technology, blending traditional function and capability with enhancements required for today's technical and commercial computing environments. AIX/6000 3.2 was designed to take advantage of the inherent capabilities of IBM's RISC-based POWER Architecture.(tm)


Standards compliance: Completely open

AIX/6000 3.2's roots lie in UNIX System V and Berkeley Software Distribution 4.3 (4.3 BSD), with conformance to the Portable Operating System Interface for Computer Environments (POSIX(tm)) IEEE 1003.1-1990. AIX/6000 3.2 has received XPG3 branding from X/Open(r) and supports ANSI C as well as an array of graphics standards, including IBM's implementation of the Programmer's Hierarchical Interactive Graphics (PHIGS) and the Graphics Library(tm) (GL(tm)), based on Silicon Graphics' advanced 3D Graphics Library.

IBM demonstrates its AIX/6000 commitment to new and emerging standards by participation in, and submission of technology to, standards-setting organizations and processes, such as the Open Software Foundation(tm) (OSF(tm)), the common open software environment, and PowerOpen.(tm)

Functionality: Industrial strength

AIX/6000 integrates the best of UNIX's multitasking, multiuser and communications capabilities with a host of added features designed to meet the demands of a production environment:

The result is an industrial-strength UNIX operating system with all the trimmings required for its application to critical business environments.

Usability: Not just another pretty face

Ease of use has taken on new significance in the commercial and technical environments due to the real productivity and cost savings that can be realized with AIX/6000 3.2. Even with all the function and capability provided in AIX/6000 3.2, its presentation to the user can be simplified by the optional AIXwindows(r) Environment/6000 product, based on the industry-standard X Window System with OSF/Motif.(tm) This graphical user interface (GUI) is then exploited by other system facilities such as SMIT and InfoExplorer to yield a much more user-friendly operating environment. AIX/6000 3.2 provides a desktop manager to represent files and applications in icon format and Display PostScript(r) to permit PostScript(r)-quality fonts, text and documents to be displayed on the screen.


Selective kernel extensions
Bourne, Korn and C shells
SAA/AIX interoperability
AIX Network Management/6000
Conformance with major open systems (IEEE 1003.1 1990, ISO/IEC 9945-1:1990, FIPS 151-1, XPG3)
Broad range of networking protocols (TCP/IP, NFS, X.25, Asyn, SDLC UUCP, etc.)
Support for new grayscale, 2D and 3D graphics processors
Enhanced AIXwindows Environment/6000 Version 1.2.4
Virtual memory management
Virtual terminal support
AIXwindows Interface Composer/6000 V 1.1.1
Advanced file system
graPHIGS(tm) interface and graphics
Realtime processing capabilities (priority scheduling, preemptive kernel, process prioritization)
Enhanced versions of Hypertext Information Base and InfoExplorer
TCB C2-level security
Support for a variety of compilers and development toolkits (FORTRAN, Pascal, Ada, C, C++ and COBOL)
XL C Compiler/6000 Version 1.2
Complete text formatting system (Nroff, Troff, TBL, etc.)
AIX Personal Computer Simulator/6000 Version 1 Release 2
Improved disk space management
AIX System Management Interface Tool (SMIT)
Expanded National Language support

AIX Version 3.2 for RISC System/6000 at a glance

Operating system
User interfaces

Bringing technology to bear

AIX/6000 3.2 continues IBM's commitment to incorporate the latest in hardware and software technologies into the AIX/6000 and RISC System/6000 product lines. Support for advanced hardware I/O devices, such as CD-ROM, disk arrays, SCSI-2 differential FDDI and HIPPI architectures has been added. Enhanced compilers, ISO code sets and networking services are some of the many incremental software advances that have been adopted.

Through IBM research, development and alliances, AIX/6000 is poised to take advantage of many new emerging technologies such as Objects, Multimedia, and OSF's Distributed Computing Environment (DCE).

Room to grow

What does AIX/6000 3.2's extendable, pageable preemptive kernal mean to you? The answer is scalability. On a hardware level, the very structure of AIX/6000 3.2 makes it adaptable across the broad range of systems present in today's business enterprise. From a capacity standpoint, the system design accommodates heavy throughput requirements, such as those found in the On-Line Transaction Processing (OLTP) environments in many of today's companies. From a global business point of view, AIX/6000 3.2 is structured as a single worldwide operating system with extensive national language support (NLS).

The bottom line: AIX/6000 3.2 is a platform that will grow with your systems, your applications and your business, protecting your investment.

Ready for prime time

One of the most significant aspects that sets AIX/6000 apart is its reflection of IBM's experience in, and commitment to, the business environment. That experience dictates that before an operating system can be applied to the commercial environment, it must be reliable, have ever-increasing levels of availability and provide serviceability through its design and support structure.

Reliability of the system is ensured both through in-house functional testing as well as through rigorous customer-environment tests in a mixed-vendor environment with both UNIX and non-UNIX systems. Numerous customer applications are used to simulate real situations.

System availability is ensured both through the basic features, such as Logical Volume Manager, and through support for high-availability configurations, such as those employing the High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing/6000 (HACMP/6000) Licensed Program Product.

Service and support have long distinguished IBM in the business environment. The very reliability and serviceability features of the AIX/6000 product, coupled with the best software and hardware support organizations in the industry, and supplemented by a host of systems integration and support services, demonstrate IBM's commitment to the AIX/6000 product family.

IBM, AIX, AIX/6000, AIXwindows and RISC System/6000 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
graPHIGS, InfoExplorer, POWER Architecture, PowerOpen, POWERstation, POWERserver and SAA are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation.
Network File System and NFS are registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems Inc. PostScript and Display Postscript are registered trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated. UNIX is a registered trademark of UNIX System Laboratories, Inc. X/Open is a registered trademark of X/Open Company, Ltd.
Graphics Library and GL are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Network Computing System and NCS are trademarks of Apollo Computers, Inc. Open Software Foundation and OSF are trademarks of Open Software Foundation. OSF/Motif is a trademark of The Open Software Foundation. POSIX is a trademark of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. X Window System is a trademark of Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Last modified: Sun May 8 22:17:21 1994