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IRIX is a UNIX -based operating system from SGI that is optimized for applications that use 3-D visualization and virtual reality environments. IRIX is compatible with UNIX System V, Release 4 and all standards of The Open Group .

By integrating OpenGL (Open Graphics Library) with the X Window System , IRIX offered the first real-time 3-D X Windows environment. IRIX was also the first commercially available UNIX-based operating system to support symmetric multiprocessing ( SMP ) and a complete 64-bit and 32-bit environment. Every SGI computer uses the IRIX operating system.

This was last updated in September 2005
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