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Open SystemC Initiative Implements VA Software's SourceForge for Collaborative Software Development

SourceForge Enables Geographically Distributed Code Development and Document Management, Supporting 15,000 Users

FREMONT, Calif. March 5, 2002 VA Software Corp. (Nasdaq:LNUX) today announced that the Open SystemC[tm] Initiative (OSCI) has selected SourceForge[tm] Enterprise Edition 3.0 as the collaborative software development (CSD) platform for the SystemC language and as the support platform for the SystemC community. OSCI's new web site, launched earlier today, uses SourceForge to enable different companies to collaboratively develop specifications and code in a common environment, and support the large and growing SystemC user base.

Established in 1999, OSCI is a broadbased industry effort to support and advance SystemC, a language and reference implementation based on C++ class libraries, as the electronics industry standard for systemlevel design. The growing OSCI user base consists of more than 500 systems houses, semiconductor companies, IP providers and EDA tools vendors. OSCI Board Member Corporations include industry leaders such as ARM Ltd.; Cadence Design Systems, Inc.; CoWare; Fujitsu, Ltd.; Mentor Graphics; Motorola; NEC; and Synopsys.

"We are thrilled to roll out the new OSCI web site," said Kevin Kranen, president, OSCI. "This SourceForgebased site will take us to the next level in terms of supporting the SystemC user base and growing the SystemC platform to meet the needs of SystemonChip designers. SourceForge's strong webbased tools and capabilities provide the foundation for a truly collaborative development environment."

Prior to using SourceForge, OSCI relied heavily on email for code development, document management and communication. The widespread geographic distribution of the OSCI developers had made it challenging to directly involve multiple companies in the SystemC development process.

By using SourceForge as part of the OSCI site, OSCI is able to retain ultimate control of the SystemC source tree, while enabling broader participation and contribution from it's membership. OSCI member companies benefit from better and faster specification and development, while SystemC endusers benefit from improved support through features such as discussion forums, bug tracking and advanced document management.

"SystemC is already making significant advances as the open highlevel modeling standard for the EDA industry, and we're excited that SourceForge is playing a role in its ongoing development," said Greg Orzech, senior vice president of worldwide sales, VA Software. "We're pleased to be working with the Open SystemC Initiative to provide the premier collaborative software development platform to the SystemC community of companies, developers and users."

The SystemC project can be found at

About OSCI and SystemC

The Open SystemC[tm] Initiative (OSCI) is an independent, notforprofit organization composed of a broad range of companies, universities and individuals dedicated to supporting and advancing SystemC as a de facto Open Source standard for systemlevel design. SystemC is the standard design and verification language built in C++ that spans from concept to implementation in hardware and software. The SystemC platform, which includes the SystemC specification, source code and reference manual, can be downloaded at, free of any charges, under the terms of an Open Source license.

About VA Software

VA Software is the provider of SourceForge(TM), the collaborative software development (CSD) platform used by more than a quarter million developers worldwide. SourceForge Enterprise Edition helps IT and engineering organizations accelerate development by improving internal visibility and control through a centralized, integrated CSD platform. Information on VA Software's SourceForge enterprise software product, services and support is available at

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