Stanford University Design System

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The Stanford University Design System (generally referred to by the acronym, SUDS) was a very early and influential computer-aided design system, using a graphical user interface; the "first interactive electronic design system". It was originated at SAIL by Phil Petit.

It was used to design the Superfoonly (for which it was created; the Superfoonly later became the predecessor to the KL10), the S-1 supercomputer (where SUDS was integrated into what became the SCALD CAD system, by Tom McWilliams and Curt Widdoes), and the SUN workstation. It was ported to ITS at the MIT AI Lab, where it was used for the Rubin 10-11 interface and the Knight TV system, and later the CONS and CADR LISP machines.

SUDS became an important part of DEC's CAD constellation; Dick Helliwell, who had taken over "further development and maintenance of SUDS" moved to DEC with it. SCALD was later spun off to an important startup company in the CAD field, Valid Logic Systems.

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