SOURCE: Transitive

May 05, 2008 08:00 ET

Transitive® Sponsors Digital60 Day to Commemorate 60th Anniversary of First Digital Electronic Computer at University of Manchester

University That Pioneered Computer Science and Cross-Platform Virtualization Leader Work Together to Attract the Next Generation of Technology Innovators

LOS GATOS, CA--(Marketwire - May 5, 2008) - Transitive® Corporation, the leading provider of cross-platform virtualization software that enables transportability of applications across processor and operating system pairs, today announced its sponsorship of Digital60 Day, an event hosted by the University of Manchester in the UK to mark the 60th anniversary of the first successful running of a program on the world's first digital computer. The event, to be held at the University of Manchester on June 20, 2008, will include Schools Digital60 Day (with activities aimed at raising the profile of computing among UK schoolchildren), the university's School of Computer Science 2008 Industrial Forum, and the 2008 Kilburn Lecture. More information can be found at the Digital60 Day Web site:

As with the first digital computer (nicknamed the 'Baby' by its inventors), the innovative technology behind Transitive's successful cross-platform virtualization solutions was pioneered at the University of Manchester. Transitive was founded in 2000 as a spin-off from the university, to commercialize the results of a promising research project. Transitive's development team -- the world's largest collection of cross-platform virtualization specialists -- is based in Manchester, and includes many graduates from the university's renowned School of Computer Science.

"Digital60 Day is a significant milestone for the University of Manchester, which has played a key role in the evolution of computing and continues to attract world-class talent in its students," said Alasdair Rawsthorne, founder and CTO of Transitive and lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Manchester. "In my research at the university, I have been privileged to collaborate with some of the finest young engineering minds, and I am grateful that many of them now apply their talents to perfecting cross-platform virtualization solutions at Transitive. Our sponsorship of Digital60 Day reflects Transitive's continuing partnership with the university and our mutual goal of attracting the next generation of innovators to consider careers in computing."

Intended to commemorate the University of Manchester's role as the birthplace of modern computing, Digital60 Day has a strong emphasis on schoolchildren, in order to promote computing as a career option. The Schools Digital60 Day events will include a computer animation festival and awards presentation, interactive exhibits (including opportunities to program a replica of the original 'Baby') and presentations by Computer Science faculty. The Industrial Forum is a biennial event aimed at employers that showcases the latest research taking place at the School of Computer Science, and the Kilburn Lecture (named after Tom Kilburn, one of the inventors of the 'Baby' computer) is an annual event that showcases achievements in the field of advanced computing.

Transitive's QuickTransit® cross-platform virtualization solutions allow software applications to run on any hardware platform without any source code or binary changes and at speeds comparable to native ports. By deploying QuickTransit on the latest computing platforms, enterprise data center managers can replicate workloads that were previously tied to a single hardware platform and run them unmodified, without incurring the costs and delays of porting projects, and without disruption to end users. Such quick and easy workload replication provides the basis for cost-effective business continuity solutions, including disaster recovery, scalability and dynamic workload re-balancing.

To address the most typical customer deployments, Transitive offers three configurations of its QuickTransit product line: QuickTransit Workstation is intended for use on desktop and laptop PCs; QuickTransit Server is used for large-scale datacenter consolidation projects; and QuickTransit Legacy is a specialized version for application re-hosting from very old legacy hardware running operating system versions that are no longer supported.

The complete QuickTransit product line is available from Transitive and its global distribution partners, which include HP, Fujitsu Siemens Computers and Red Hat. Evaluation versions of QuickTransit can be downloaded from the Transitive Web site at:

About Transitive Corporation

Transitive is a leader in cross-platform virtualization, and its award-winning QuickTransit technology is built into more than 11 million computers worldwide. QuickTransit allows software applications that have been compiled for one processor and operating system to run on systems with different processors and operating systems, without any source code or binary changes and at speeds comparable to native ports. As a result, QuickTransit allows IT managers to quickly and easily replicate legacy enterprise applications from the original hardware and run them on modern, standardized platforms without incurring the costs and delays of porting projects, and without disruption to end users. This workload replication helps enterprise customers improve business continuity, including superior disaster recovery, scalability and high-availability solutions.

Transitive's cross-platform virtualization technology is the foundation for Apple's Rosetta translation software (built into Apple's Intel-based Macintosh computers) and also for PowerVM Lx86, which is available for all IBM Power Systems enterprise servers. Transitive Corporation is located in Los Gatos, California with a research and development team in Manchester, UK. For more information, please visit Transitive's Web site at

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