The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2005-11-14T21:11:00Z SGI launches new Flagship Altix 4000 PLATFORM 2005-11-14T21:11:00Z sgi-launches-new-flagship-altix-4000-platform Combining industry-standard components and the world's most powerful server architecture in a highly dense and deployable form factor, Silicon Graphics (OTC: SGID) today unveiled a complete redesign of its flagship Altix line with the SGIR AltixR 4000 platform. Capable of tailoring hardware to application needs, Altix 4000 is poised to serve as the foundation of the future of high-performance computing. SGI has integrated its renowned scalable shared-memory SGIR NUMAflex(tm) architecture with blade packaging to provide a platform with total flexibility, fine-grained modularity, high density and excellent serviceability. The resulting Altix 4000 is the first 64-bit LinuxR server with a blade design that offers true "plug and solve" flexibility. Users can readily configure any combination of blades - including multiple types of both standard and configurable compute as well as, memory, I/O and graphics - as their needs change. The result is a flexible, scalable and space-efficient solution delivering price/performance* that easily eclipses high-end servers from IBM, HP, Cray and Sun. The Altix 4000 incorporates the very technologies and features that will take high-performance computing (HPC) into the coming decade. The Altix 4000 tightly integrates standard implementations of Linux from Novell and Red Hat with SGI's acclaimed visualisation and new FPGA-based SGIR Reconfigurable Application Specific Computing (RASC(tm)) technologies. And, Altix 4000 compute blades provide socket compatibility for today's fastest IntelR ItaniumR 2 processors and forthcoming** multi-core Itanium processors. Space- and cost-efficient, SGI Altix 4000 servers are designed for HPC and database users in technical, scientific and data-intensive commercial markets, including manufacturing, life sciences, energy, research and homeland security. With the Altix 4000, SGI is targeting markets in which customers are looking to make the most of their technology spending budgets while delivering breakthrough results. Already customers*** have ordered nearly $70 million (U.S.) in SGI solutions based largely on Altix 4000 systems. "Time-to-market, cost control, and product reliability are critical in a world where manufacturers compete globally," said Dr. Reza Sadeghi, vice president, product development, MSC.Software Corp. "To address these challenges, MSC.Software in collaboration with SGI and Intel developed an integrated solution to streamline the collaborative deployment of virtual product development. The functionality and flexibility of the new Altix platform greatly enhances the power of this solution, enabling MSC users to get their products to market faster. We see tremendous potential with the performance of the SGI Altix 4000, the new blade design, and its ability to support various parallel computing models." "With Altix 4000, SGI continues to drive its high-end computing leadership into new, efficient form factors that will accelerate productivity and reduce time-to-discovery for more customers in more markets," said Bill Trestrail, SGI's Regional Managing Director for South Asia Pacific. "While it's exciting enough to see what these new blade systems are capable of addressing in today's most demanding work, the Altix 4000 makes SGI's vision for multi-paradigm computing real." New technologies enable multi-paradigm computing With Altix 4000, SGI's vision for multi-paradigm computing is real. A concept pioneered by SGI, multi-paradigm computing enables a single system architecture to meet the needs of a wide array of applications. By uniting previously disparate computing architectures with SGI's scalable shared-memory architecture, the company aims to improve productivity by creating the first supercomputers capable of supporting and combining different computational approaches. A key component of this is SGI's Reconfigurable Application-Specific Computing (RASC) technology, which enables users to achieve unmatched performance, scalability and bandwidth for data-intensive applications critical to oil and gas exploration, defence and intelligence, bioinformatics, medical imaging, broadcast media, and other data-dependent industries. By tightly integrating RASC technology within the Altix 4000 blade platform via peer I/O technology, SGI customers can vastly improve the performance of applications either hampered by their inability to scale or bound by slow routines that take the majority of CPU cycles. Features like RASC will grow ever more crucial as processor and Linux scalability reach their practical limits. The I/O and RASC technologies will also support next-generation performance breakthroughs in visualisation, further protecting customer investments in SGI blade technology. New Opportunities Altix is a truly differentiated platform for running the full suite of SAPR solutions, which has been certified by the SAP LinuxLab for usage on the Intel Itanium on Linux. Today's customers demand a platform that is scalable and flexible enough to power the real-time enterprise. They also insist on an open standards-based infrastructure to minimise total cost of ownership. Because of its unique system architecture, Altix can scale system resources on demand to tackle the most advanced and demanding SAP solution-based environments. SGI is a new member of the SAP LinuxLab. Developers of SGI and other SAP partners are working together at the lab to bring the best Linux experience to the enterprise environments of customers. To balance the performance needs and space constraints of HPC customers, SGI designed the Altix 4000 blades as standardised units that can be deployed in a small-footprint rack, up to 40 blades in a compact 2-foot by 3.5-foot rack up to 160 Itanium cores for nearly 1 Teraflop of performance in only eight square feet. And in a server market hobbled by some vendors' outdated devotion to costly proprietary UNIXR environments, Altix 4000 continues the SGI Altix family's support for industry-standard Linux implementations, including Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Software and standard Red HatR Enterprise LinuxR. Altix 4000 also supports complete data management and visualisation solutions and is the industry's most efficient platform for cluster applications. SILICON GRAPHICS | The Source of Innovation and Discovery(tm) SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc. (OTC: SGID), is a leader in high-performance computing, visualisation and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defense or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. 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Editors References * Based on published performance records. ** Based on preliminary information provided by Intel Corporation. *** Initial Altix 4000 customers include: * SGI to Install Leading-Edge HPC Environment for Data-Intensive Computing at Dresden Technical University <http://www.sgi.com/company_info/newsroom/press_releases/2005/august/dresden .html > * SGI Technology to Power Germany's National Supercomputing System Center at LRZ <http://www.sgi.com/company_info/newsroom/press_releases/2004/december/lrz.h tml> SGI Supercomputer to Power the APAC National Facility APAC and SGI signed an advanced computing agreement with significant benefits for Australian researchers 2005-02-18T16:20:00Z sgi-supercomputer-to-power-the-apac-national-facility-apac-and-sgi-signed-an-advanced-computing-agreement-with-significant-benefits-for-australian-researchers SGI Supercomputer to Power the APAC National Facility APAC and SGI signed an advanced computing agreement with significant benefits for Australian researchers. The agreement means: * A dramatic ten-fold increase in computing capacity for the APAC National Facility; * A huge boost to Australia's research infrastructure and the uptake of eResearch; * A substantial increase in Australia's world standing in advanced computing and grid capabilities; * Further contributions from SGI to support Australia's research priorities; * Research challenges will be addressed in ways not currently possible in Australia; * New research directions and innovation for users of the APAC National Facility. The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) and SGI Australia today announced an agreement which has significant benefits for Australian researchers. "The agreement will provide a huge boost to Australia's research infrastructure and to the uptake of eResearch in Australia. It will substantially increase Australia's world standing in advanced computing and grid capabilities", said Professor David Beanland, Chair of the APAC Board. Under the agreement, SGI will install an Altix 3700 Bx2 system with a total of 1,680 Intel Itanium 2 processors in the APAC National Facility located at the Australian National University, Canberra. This system will deliver a ten-fold increase in computing capacity for the APAC National Facility. This increased capacity has been made possible by the Australian Government's support for APAC. In April 2004, the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson announced funding of $29m for the next stage of APAC. Professor John O'Callaghan, Executive Director of APAC, said that the SGI supercomputer will provide Australia with world-leading computing environment assisting over 600 Australian researchers to make new discoveries in areas such as the environment, bioinformatics, astronomy, chemistry and high-energy physics. It will allow researchers to address computational challenges not yet possible in Australia. Some of these challenges include: * Modelling the sea-ice interaction in Antarctica, an important component in the understanding of climate change. * Visualising hypersonic astrophysical shocks that underlie the origin of galaxies. * Predicting three-dimensional fluid flow to develop novel bioreactors in the fight against terrorism. * Understanding the migration of salt and contaminants in soil for more efficient extraction of oil. * Designing novel catalysts for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and drugs. * Simulating how ions move through membranes to assist the understanding of many neurological, muscular and renal disorders. * Modelling the performance of light alloys and material composites to boost innovation in car design and performance. "We selected the SGI Altix system for its outstanding performance and competitive pricing. SGI is an established international company with a proven track record in supporting research with leading-edge high-performance computing and visualisation systems", said O'Callaghan. Mr Bill Trestrail, SGI's Regional Managing Director for South Asia Pacific commended the Australian Government for its support of APAC and the Australian research infrastructure. "The APAC National Facility provides a world-class service for Australian researchers and SGI is proud to be the supplier of the next generation system for the facility. This tremendous record of service delivery has been made possible by the outstanding skills of the staff working in the National Facility", he said. The agreement will strengthen this service through staff exchanges, specialist support from SGI and Intel as well as a fund for cooperative projects between APAC and SGI. Mr Bob Bishop, SGI's Chairman and CEO said "SGI and its partners will supply the computational tools that help drive scientific discovery in Australia to new world-class levels. The nation understands that to out-compete in the 21st Century, Australia must out-compute." The SGI Supercomputer for the APAC National Facility The SGI supercomputer to be installed at the APAC National Facility is an Altix 3700 Bx2 with a total of 1,680 Intel Itanium 2 processors, 3.6TB of memory, 120TB of SGI InfiniteStorage storage, and Brocade 24000 fibre channel switches. The software environment comprises the SuSE Linux operating system with SGI ProPack(tm), SGI CXFS(tm) file sharing software and the Intel range of software development compilers and tools from Intel. The Intel Itanium 2 processors provide the 64 bit computational power needed to deliver new levels of performance required to support the most demanding computing users in this country. "SGI and Intel continue to work together to bring best-in-class computing capabilities to the scientific industry to advance research and development in ways that were never thought possible," said Abhi Talwalkar, vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. "Intel Itanium 2 processors provide the 64-bit computational power needed to deliver new levels of performance required to support the most demanding computing users in this country." The SGI supercomputer will be a peak system in a national grid of computing facilities that will provide Australian researchers with a world-leading computing environment. The APAC National Grid is being developed by the 8 APAC partners to provide Australian researchers with seamless access to computing and information management facilities all around Australia. SGI has strong long-term relationships with customers in manufacturing, defence, government as well as science, education and research. Other recent strategic client wins include the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) and the National Centre for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) in the USA. APAC The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) was established in June 2000 to strengthen the high-performance computing capabilities for the Australian research community. The APAC partnership has 8 partners, one in each State as well as the ANU and CSIRO. The 6 State-based partners are consortia involving 28 universities around Australia. The mission of APAC is to provide a national advanced computing and grid infrastructure for eResearch. This infrastructure is based on the APAC National Facility and the APAC National Grid. For more details, see www.apac.edu.au. The website has a brochure ('Four Years On: 2000 to 2004') which highlights the research activities of the major users of the APAC National Facility. SILICON GRAPHICS | The Source of Innovation and Discovery(tm) SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI), is a leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defence or enabling the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. Silicon Graphics, SGI, Altix, XFS, the SGI cube and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and CXFS and The Source of Innovation and Discovery are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Intel and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. SGI Supercomputer to Power the APAC National Facility 2005-02-17T17:36:00Z sgi-supercomputer-to-power-the-apac-national-facility The agreement means: * A dramatic ten-fold increase in computing capacity for the APAC National Facility; * A huge boost to Australia's research infrastructure and the uptake of eResearch; * A substantial increase in Australia's world standing in advanced computing and grid capabilities; * Further contributions from SGI to support Australia's research priorities; * Research challenges will be addressed in ways not currently possible in Australia; * New research directions and innovation for users of the APAC National Facility. The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) and SGI Australia today announced an agreement which has significant benefits for Australian researchers. "The agreement will provide a huge boost to Australia's research infrastructure and to the uptake of eResearch in Australia. It will substantially increase Australia's world standing in advanced computing and grid capabilities", said Professor David Beanland, Chair of the APAC Board. Under the agreement, SGI will install an Altix 3700 Bx2 system with a total of 1,680 Intel Itanium 2 processors in the APAC National Facility located at the Australian National University, Canberra. This system will deliver a ten-fold increase in computing capacity for the APAC National Facility. This increased capacity has been made possible by the Australian Government's support for APAC. In April 2004, the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Dr Brendan Nelson announced funding of $29m for the next stage of APAC. Professor John O'Callaghan, Executive Director of APAC, said that the SGI supercomputer will provide Australia with world-leading computing environment assisting over 600 Australian researchers to make new discoveries in areas such as the environment, bioinformatics, astronomy, chemistry and high-energy physics. It will allow researchers to address computational challenges not yet possible in Australia. Some of these challenges include: * Modelling the sea-ice interaction in Antarctica, an important component in the understanding of climate change. * Visualising hypersonic astrophysical shocks that underlie the origin of galaxies. * Predicting three-dimensional fluid flow to develop novel bioreactors in the fight against terrorism. * Understanding the migration of salt and contaminants in soil for more efficient extraction of oil. * Designing novel catalysts for the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and drugs. * Simulating how ions move through membranes to assist the understanding of many neurological, muscular and renal disorders. * Modelling the performance of light alloys and material composites to boost innovation in car design and performance. "We selected the SGI Altix system for its outstanding performance and competitive pricing. SGI is an established international company with a proven track record in supporting research with leading-edge high-performance computing and visualisation systems", said O'Callaghan. Mr Bill Trestrail, SGI's Regional Managing Director for South Asia Pacific commended the Australian Government for its support of APAC and the Australian research infrastructure. "The APAC National Facility provides a world-class service for Australian researchers and SGI is proud to be the supplier of the next generation system for the facility. This tremendous record of service delivery has been made possible by the outstanding skills of the staff working in the National Facility", he said. The agreement will strengthen this service through staff exchanges, specialist support from SGI and Intel as well as a fund for cooperative projects between APAC and SGI. Mr Bob Bishop, SGI's Chairman and CEO said "SGI and its partners will supply the computational tools that help drive scientific discovery in Australia to new world-class levels. The nation understands that to out-compete in the 21st Century, Australia must out-compute." The SGI Supercomputer for the APAC National Facility The SGI supercomputer to be installed at the APAC National Facility is an Altix 3700 Bx2 with a total of 1,680 Intel Itanium 2 processors, 3.6TB of memory, 120TB of SGI InfiniteStorage storage, and Brocade 24000 fibre channel switches. The software environment comprises the SuSE Linux operating system with SGI ProPack(tm), SGI CXFS(tm) file sharing software and the Intel range of software development compilers and tools from Intel. The Intel Itanium 2 processors provide the 64 bit computational power needed to deliver new levels of performance required to support the most demanding computing users in this country. "SGI and Intel continue to work together to bring best-in-class computing capabilities to the scientific industry to advance research and development in ways that were never thought possible," said Abhi Talwalkar, vice president and general manager of Intel's Digital Enterprise Group. "Intel Itanium 2 processors provide the 64-bit computational power needed to deliver new levels of performance required to support the most demanding computing users in this country." The SGI supercomputer will be a peak system in a national grid of computing facilities that will provide Australian researchers with a world-leading computing environment. The APAC National Grid is being developed by the 8 APAC partners to provide Australian researchers with seamless access to computing and information management facilities all around Australia. SGI has strong long-term relationships with customers in manufacturing, defence, government as well as science, education and research. Other recent strategic client wins include the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA), the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute (JAERI) and the National Centre for Supercomputer Applications (NCSA) in the USA. APAC The Australian Partnership for Advanced Computing (APAC) was established in June 2000 to strengthen the high-performance computing capabilities for the Australian research community. The APAC partnership has 8 partners, one in each State as well as the ANU and CSIRO. The 6 State-based partners are consortia involving 28 universities around Australia. The mission of APAC is to provide a national advanced computing and grid infrastructure for eResearch. This infrastructure is based on the APAC National Facility and the APAC National Grid. For more details, see www.apac.edu.au. The website has a brochure ('Four Years On: 2000 to 2004') which highlights the research activities of the major users of the APAC National Facility. SILICON GRAPHICS | The Source of Innovation and Discovery(tm) SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI), is a leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defence or enabling the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. Silicon Graphics, SGI, Altix, XFS, the SGI cube and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and CXFS and The Source of Innovation and Discovery are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Intel and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. SGI Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Bob Bishop to receive Honorary Doctorate from University of Queensland 2004-12-09T19:13:00Z sgi-chairman-and-chief-executive-officer-bob-bishop-to-receive-honorary-doctorate-from-university-of-queensland Bob Bishop, distinguished Australian computing science expert and the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Silicon Graphics, Incorporated (SGI), will receive a Doctor of Science honoris causa at a University of Queensland graduation ceremony on December 15. Mr. Bishop is one of seven prominent Australians who will receive honorary doctorates from The University of Queensland. Mr. Bishops distinguished career in computing science spans four decades, commencing in 1964 when he worked as a scientist with Ultrasound and NMR in Australia. Mr. Bishop held senior management positions with Apollo Computer Incorporated and Digital Equipment Corporation before joining SGI in 1986 as founding president of SGIs World Trade Corporation, and in 1999 was appointed to his current position as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. SGI is the worlds leading provider of high-performance computing, complex data-management and visualization solutions for technical and creative professionals. SGI systems are used in the design and construction of safer cars and airplanes, discovering new medications, predicting weather, for movie special effects or mission-critical support for government and defense. Mr. Bishop holds a Bachelor of Science degree with first-class honours in mathematical physics from The University of Adelaide and a Master of Science from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Mr. Bishop will receive his Honorary Doctorate at the graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Engineering, Physical Sciences & Architecture at 11am, December 15, at the UQ Centre, St Lucia Campus. Other recipients include: Former Ipswich City Council Mayor John Nugent at the graduation ceremonies for the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, at the Ipswich Civic Hall. Renowned painter and Archibald Prize winner Ray Crooke, AM, and former National Art Gallery Director Betty Churcher, AO at the graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Arts at the UQ Centre, St Lucia campus. Chairman of Westpac and Deputy Chairman of Rio Tinto, Leon Davis, AO, at the graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at the UQ Centre, St Lucia campus. Queensland Supreme Court Judge, The Honourable Justice Bruce McPherson CBE, at the graduation ceremony for the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at the UQ Centre, St Lucia campus. Acclaimed playwright, David Williamson, AO at the graduation ceremony for Faculty of Arts, at the UQ Centre, St Lucia Campus. SILICON GRAPHICS | The Source of Innovation and Discovery SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI), is a leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defense or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. Silicon Graphics, SGI, the SGI cube and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and The Source of Innovation and Discovery is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. Silicon Graphics delivers SGI infinatestorage data lifecycle management server-industry's most capable DLM solution 2004-04-06T16:05:00Z silicon-graphics-delivers-sgi-infinatestorage-data-lifecycle-management-server-industry-s-most-capable-dlm-solution Addressing the intensifying challenges of managing increasing amounts of data over time, Silicon Graphics (NYSE: SGI) the world's leader in high-performance computing, storage and visualization today announced the SGI InfiniteStorage Data Lifecycle Management Server (DLM Server). Available today, the DLM Server automatically implements users' DLM policies and ensures data is cost-appropriately stored based on its changing value over time. Virtualizing multiple storage assets with different price and performance capabilities, the DLM Server ensures data is always available to users, applications and administrators without the complexity and delay of traditional archiving approaches, and at a much lower cost than high-performance storage alone. Leveraging more than a decade of experience in managing the largest and most demanding data environments in the world, the SGI DLM Server is built on proven technology to deliver: * Lower cost of storage acquisition and management with virtualization and policy automation * Superior data protection with proven data integrity features * Higher productivity with industry-leading data access performance * Investment protection with virtually limitless scalability * Easy to size and deploy with pre-set configurations for NAS and SAN environments * Provides multi-OS DLM support for heterogeneous environments "For years, SGI has been solving the DLM challenges in the most data intensive environments," said Gabriel Broner, senior vice president and general manager, Storage and Software Group, SGI. "Data Lifecycle Management Server brings superior capabilities as well as seamless integration with SGI's storage offerings with support for all major platforms in a single DLM solution." A number of leading companies look to SGI for its DLM solutions, including NASA Ames, UCLA LONI, Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, The Scripps Research Institute (TRSI) and Australia's Commonwealth scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO). These customers can attest to the powerful migration performance SGI's DLM products offer. "In our industry managing massively complex data successfully is critical," commented Arthur Toga, Professor of Neurology, Director, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging, Co-Director, Division of Brain Mapping for UCLA LONI. "With SGI's DLM solutions, we have increased process efficiency while lowering our total cost of ownership." "As an established vendor in the HPC market, supplying both server and storage technologies, SGI is uniquely positioned to offer customers tailored data lifecycle management solutions for data intensive environments," explained Joseph Zhou, senior analyst, D.H. Brown. "In addition, SGI DLM Server is optimized for specific application environments rather than operating systems, which differentiates it from proprietary solutions from other vendors." DLM Server integrates with the complete line of SGI InfiniteStorage solutions and products including scalable high-performance NAS and SAN, world-record backup, high-availability and disaster recovery. The underlying capabilities of the SGI InfiniteStorage Filesystem XFS and SGI InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS(tm) ensure the utmost in high I/O bandwidth and data availability among IRIX, Solaris(tm), Windows, AIX, Linux and Mac OS X systems making it a true heterogeneous offering. DLM Server allows for a blend of Serial ATA, Fibre Channel disk storage, tape and other storage media to create cost-optimized environments. DLM Server is also compatible with additional InfiniteStorage backup capabilities including Serial ATA, Fibre Channel disk storage and tape library products. Availability and Support Available today, SGI DLM Server configurations start as low as one terabyte and expand to multiple petabytes to near infinite growth and investment protection. The DLM Server starts at $89,140 (U.S. list price). SGI InfiniteStorage Solutions are available directly from SGI or through SGI Solution Providers worldwide. Complementing InfiniteStorage are SGI Technology Solutions, that custom design, deliver and support storage solutions, and SGI Managed Services that provides comprehensive installation and configuration services to provide immediate return on storage investment. SGI's SAN Design Review board, comprised of the company's top storage experts, provides customers and partners an unparalleled depth of expertise in real world, high-performance SAN design and implementation. About SGI InfiniteStorage With InfiniteStorage, SGI is changing the rules in network storage by delivering hardware and software solutions specifically developed for the unique and demanding needs of data-intensive enterprises. The company's commitment to innovation enables timely availability of new technology, investment protection for existing technology, and a thriving partner community. SGI offers customers a complete family of network storage systems and software that enables customers to match solutions to their data-intensive enterprise needs while providing scalable capacity, management and performance in a cost-effective architecture. SGI InfiniteStorage capabilities will be on display at Storage Networking World, Booth No. G18. Additional information on InfiniteStorage solutions is available at www.sgi.com/storage <http://www.sgi.com/storage> . SILICON GRAPHICS | The Source of Innovation and Discovery(tm) SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. Silicon Graphics, SGI, IRIX, XFS, the SGI cube and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and CXFS and The Source of Innovation and Discovery are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Mac OS is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Windows is a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. Quantel certifies generationQ systems with SGI InfiniteStorage Solutions 2004-02-11T22:00:00Z quantel-certifies-generationq-systems-with-sgi-infinitestorage-solutions Following exhaustive compatibility testing, Quantel and Silicon Graphics (NYSE: SGI) announced today that the Quantel iQ(tm) Digital Intermediate system and eQ HD editing system are now both certified for integration with SGI InfiniteStorage solutions that feature the SGI InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS(tm). The combination of the two technologies offers a unified, high-performance post production environment that allows the efficient handling and networking of Terabytes of data-a pre-requisite in the modern post facility where optimized workflow and simultaneous real-time access to content is as central to success as creativity. The key to the interoperability is SGI's truly heterogeneous shared filesystem that supports all the leading operating systems used in post today-IRIX, Windows, 32-bit and 64-bit Linux, and Mac OS X. iQ and SGI SAN solutions are already proven in the real world, with a system having been in operation for the last six months at The Film Unit in New Zealand. SGI will feature the Quantel iQ as a client in its digital infrastructure demonstration at NAB 2004, April 19-22, in Las Vegas, Booth # SL4755. "The post industry needs open products and systems to be able to compete successfully; openness is a central tenet of generationQ," said Quantel Marketing Director, Nigel Turner. "We have found SGI to be equally open-minded; the fact that the iQ/eQ and CXFS integrate fully in a straightforward 'plug and play' manner to produce real gains for the users is an excellent illustration of the benefits of such an approach." "SGI is totally committed to open solutions and it's a pleasure to be working closely with a company that shares our vision," said Chris Golson, senior director, Market Strategy, Media Industries, SGI. "This integration moves us much closer to the promise we made to the industry and our ultimate goal of totally open, real-time access to all content for every workstation in a post production or broadcast environment. We look forward to building further on our relationship with Quantel in the future, as we continue to deploy more systems in post and broadcast facilities." The Film Unit The Film Unit, the Peter Jackson-owned New Zealand post production facility was the first customer to benefit from a coupling of Quantel and SGI InfiniteStorage technologies designed to enhance the digital film post production pipeline. Illustrating the impressive openness of both systems, the Quantel iQ Resolution Co-existent(tm) finishing system was integrated with SGI CXFS. The result was an ultrafast, highly productive environment for Digital Intermediate (DI) color correction that eliminates transfer bottlenecks and makes the process more creative and flexible. Working with 2K film images demands up to 300MB/sec throughput, so the high performance of both the iQ and the SGI CXFS shared filesystem technology was an important factor in The Film Unit's choice of equipment. Equally important was the openness of the technologies involved. SGI InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS(tm) CXFS provides no-compromise data sharing within a SAN, enhancing workflow and reducing costs in data-intensive environments by eliminating file duplication and the time it takes to move large files over the network. A SAN provides direct, high-speed physical connections between multiple hosts and disk storage. CXFS provides the software infrastructure to allow simultaneous shared access to that storage-all systems have direct access to all data and are no longer bottlenecked by slow, congested networks or overloaded file servers. This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding SGI technologies and third-party technologies that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future or current performance. Such risks and uncertainties include long-term program commitments, the performance of third parties, the sustained performance of current and future products, financing risks, the ability to integrate and support a complex technology solution involving multiple providers and users, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's most recent SEC reports, including its reports on From 10-K and Form 10-Q. SILICON GRAPHICS | The Source of Innovation and Discovery(tm) SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com <http://www.sgi.com> . About Quantel(tm) Quantel is dedicated to creating new tools for the new digital age, covering everything from terrestrial and satellite television to broadband Internet, DVD and d-cinema. Quantel's generationQ is a radical, all-encompassing, new concept that offers total scalability in both hardware and software across post production, graphics and broadcast for multiple resolution, team-working production environments. This and all Quantel press information can be found on their Website http://www.quantel.com <http://www.quantel.com> -end- Silicon Graphics, SGI, IRIX, XFS, the SGI cube and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and CXFS and The Source of Innovation and Discovery are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Windows is a registered trademark or trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. Mac OS is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. Silicon Graphics Fuel and Tezro Visual Workstations Deliver 25 Percent Boost in Price/Performance as SGI Extends Visualization Lead 2004-02-05T17:37:00Z silicon-graphics-fuel-and-tezro-visual-workstations-deliver-25-percent-boost-in-price-performance-as-sgi-extends-visualization-lead Silicon Graphics today announced that its improved workstation line-up achieves a price/performance increase of up to 25 percent in the industry-leading Silicon Graphics Fuel and Tezro visual workstations. To attain the price/performance gains, SGI will deliver its Silicon Graphics Fuel and Tezro workstations with the new faster MIPS R16000A 800MHz processor. In addition, SGI has rolled out new lower pricing on 700MHz processor-based Silicon Graphics Fuel and Tezro systems, delivering increased value at industry-leading performance levels. Every SGI visualization workstation delivers unparalleled application performance, productivity and image precision to customers in manufacturing, the sciences, defence, energy and media. To make this acclaimed visualization technology even more affordable, SGI will enable customers to trade up their older SGI workstations or competing Sun, HP or other UNIX OS-based workstations for the faster Silicon Graphics Fuel and Tezro workstations. SGI offers trade-up credits of up to A$5,440 toward the purchase of eligible configurations. "With a relentless commitment to satisfy the needs of the most demanding visualization customers, SGI continues to boost performance and price/performance of systems driven by highly regarded MIPS processors and the proven 64-bit IRIX operating environment," said Bill Trestrail, Managing Director, Australia/New Zealand, SGI. "By combining faster processors, attractive pricing and an aggressive trade-in program, we continue our commitment to provide our customers with industry-leading visualization tools." Silicon Graphics Fuel and Tezro feature a range of MIPS processors, the unparalleled VPro(tm) 3D graphics system for the IRIX operating system and a high-bandwidth design based on SGI supercomputers. Due to their high- performance architecture, these workstations are designed to execute demanding applications for creative and technical users, while 48-bit RGBA provides the highest level of image precision available on any UNIX OS-based desktop system today. The single-processor Silicon Graphics Fuel visual workstation complements the Tezro visual workstation, which is offered in single, dual and quad-processor configurations. Tezro: The Quad-Processor Price/Performance Leader Tezro, launched in July 2003, delivers the best price/performance of any four-processor system on the market, along with superior graphics quality and performance, high-bandwidth architecture, and a full suite of professional digital media solutions. With a breakthrough entry price point for a system of this calibre, Tezro attains significantly higher value and higher performance with compute-intensive applications, advanced interactivity for high-resolution image manipulation, and real-time visualization of large data sets. Tezro also features industry-leading I/O connectivity for flexibility with storage and peripheral options. Designed for creative and technical users seeking higher application performance and more advanced levels of capability, Tezro is the industry's only workstation to scale to up to four of the latest MIPS processors. It incorporates a revolutionary 64-bit desktop architecture based on SGI supercomputers, with high memory bandwidth and industry-leading I/O connectivity. Tezro features: * Up to four 800MHz 16000A MIPS processors for CPU-intensive applications with 700 MHz R16000 MIPS processor configurations also available * High-bandwidth architecture for high performance and interactivity on the desktop * VPro V12 graphics for highest quality and visualization flexibility with 48-bit RGBA (or 12-bit per colour component) with 16-bit Z buffer capability and support for up to 68 billion colours * Two form factors designed for serviceability and deploy ability: a tower system for in-office computing and a rack mount system for flexible configurability * Industry-leading I/O connectivity with up to seven PCI-X slots * Richest and most powerful suite of digital media products on the desktop * Ideal Visual Area Networking platform for personal (one-to-one) or team collaboration * Up to 16GB memory capacity and Dual Head display capability on the rack mount configuration * More than 3X price/performance improvement over the highly acclaimed Silicon Graphics Octane2(tm) system Silicon Graphics Fuel: The Leading Value in 64-bit Single-Processor Systems The Silicon Graphics Fuel visual workstation delivers the industry's best price/performance value for a single-processor 64-bit system of its class. The Silicon Graphics Fuel visual workstation delivers 64-bit system performance and reliability at an aggressive price-point, along with a broad range of features: * Single 800MHz R16000A MIPS processor or 700MHz R16000A MIPS processor * VPro V10 or V12 graphics with 48-bit RGBA (or 12-bit per colour component) with 16-bit Z buffer capability and support for up to 68 billion colours * High memory bandwidth and graphics bandwidth on the desktop * Dual Channel Display capability for double the screen real estate with a single graphics board at resolutions up to 1920x1200 at 72 Hz on each screen * A wide range of peripheral options including internal DVD-ROM and four integrated PCI slots * The fifth-generation 64-bit IRIX operating system offering industry-leading real-time response, serviceability and reliability Benefits Across Multiple Industries Silicon Graphics Fuel and Tezro workstations are crucial to power users in a wide range of industries: * In manufacturing, they power high-end design, MCAE, MDO and workgroup visualization for the automotive and aerospace industries. They also benefit general manufacturing segments, such as bio-medical and consumer goods. * In life and chemical sciences, they provide capabilities in differentiated visualization of large molecules, molecular dynamics and simulation, and quantum mechanics, which are computationally demanding. * In government, they benefit many mission-critical defence activities, such as homeland security, defence imaging, and command and control centres working on complex simulations. * In the media industries, digital content creators appreciate the higher bandwidth and faster processing of the workstations, providing performance and reliability to editing, compositing, and film mastering. SILICON GRAPHICS | The Source of Innovation and Discovery SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. Silicon Graphics, SGI, Silicon Graphics Fuel, IRIX, the SGI cube and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and VPro, Tezro, Octane2 and The Source of Innovation and Discovery are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. MIPS is a registered trademark and R16000A is a trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc., used under license by Silicon Graphics, Inc. UNIX is a trademark of The Open Group in the U.S. and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners Discreet announces first SGI Tezro Workstation customer in Asia Pacific region 2003-09-22T13:44:00Z discreet-announces-first-sgi-tezro-workstation-customer-in-asia-pacific-region Discreet, a division of Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), today announced that Oasis Post, a leading Australian facility based in Adelaide, has become the first company in the Asia Pacific region to purchase an SGI Tezro visual workstation. Oasis Post has upgraded its Discreet flame visual effects and compositing system to High Definition (HD) capability with the new Tezro workstation, and also added a Discreet smoke editing and finishing system. The SGI Tezro visual workstation is an innovative, high-performance workstation platform that sets a new bar for desktop performance and reliability for visualisation, multiprocessing, and digital media. Tezro is powered by up to four MIPS processors in an advanced high-bandwidth architecture leveraged from the SGI 3000 family of high-performance supercomputers and delivers industry-leading visualisation, digital media, and I/O connectivity on the desktop. "Tezro represents a major leap in computing power and I am delighted to provide the first system in Asia Pacific to Oasis Post so they can take advantage of this new platform, said David Edgar, Regional Manager - Australia, Discreet. Since opening its doors in 1996 Oasis Post, part of the Kojo Group, has more than quadrupled in size. It now offers five high-end suites, and completes a wide range of project work, including TVCs, features, documentaries and DVDs. There are several things that set Discreet gear apart, said Marty Pepper, Partner and flame Artist, Oasis Post. The quality of its image handling and the fact that the flame is a known product worldwide make it the best choice for both TVC and film clients. Often you only need to mention that you have a flame and clients will immediately realise that youre a serious post house. Pepper, and his business partner/Editor Dale Roberts initially set out to upgrade the currently installed flame. However, while in discussion with Discreet, they also decided to take advantage of an upgrade offer for editing systems by purchasing a smoke system as well. The smoke system will fit perfectly into our facility, said Roberts. The flame has been Oasis Posts flagship for 5 years, and we wanted another high-end suite that harnessed a lot of flames power but was also a great editing tool. We looked at competitors products, but there was no comparison. A smoke system will give us high-end finishing, it will compliment the flame, provide 4:4:4 uncompressed SD, and it has the ability to upgrade to HD when we need to. I come from a background of using other editing products, so it was a major decision to move to Discreet for our finishing solutions, continued Roberts. Oasis Post is expecting to build on its international feature film work, which has included work for two features directed by Australian Scott Hicks Hearts in Atlantis and Snow Falling on Cedars. The company also attracts TVC work from across Australia and SE Asia. In house production company, Kojo, shoots almost entirely in HD, and although much of Oasis Posts work is played out as SD, its artists and editors appreciate the bonus of working with HD material. The company is the only South Australian post facility to offer HD acquisition, editing, effects and finishing. About Discreet Discreet empowers media professionals to realize the visual experience and transform their most evocative and ambitious visions into reality. Discreet's award-winning solutions are designed for digital media creation, management and deliveryacross all disciplines from film and television visual effects, colour grading and editing to animation, game development, web/interactive, and design visualization. Discreet is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a division of Autodesk, Inc., the world's leading design and digital media creation, management, and distribution company. Product and corporate information: www.discreet.com. * Occasionally, Autodesk (Discreet) makes statements regarding planned or future development efforts for our existing or new products and services. These statements are not intended to be a promise or guarantee of future delivery of products, services, or features but merely reflect our current plans, which may change. The Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect any change in circumstances, after the statements are made. Discreet is a division of Autodesk, Inc. Autodesk, Discreet, , flame, flint, and smoke are registered trademarks of Autodesk, Inc./ Autodesk Canada Inc. in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. 2003, Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved. ### SGI leads effort to scale Linux to 128 processors in a single-system configuration 2003-08-06T21:29:00Z sgi-leads-effort-to-scale-linux-to-128-processors-in-a-single-system-configuration SGI (NYSE: SGI) today announced plans to extend the industry-leading scalability of its SGI Altix(tm) 3000 servers to encompass a record 128 processors within a single instance of the Linux operating environment. SGI, which already provides award-winning Linux OS-based Altix 3000 systems that scale to 64 Intel Itanium 2 processors, intends to site-test 128-processor systems with national laboratories and leading universities around the world. Initial results of testing in customer laboratories are expected in early September. Participants in the global program include in the United States the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington DC and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington, and abroad, the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, and The Computing Center at Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. The program participants conduct complex research in a range of scientific fields. Their demanding work requires massive scalability at levels that can provide effective and revealing stress loads on the 128-processor system prior to its commercial availability as a standard SGI product. "In areas of advanced and important Navy research-such as computational fluid dynamics, climate/weather/oceans modeling and simulation, computational chemistry and materials, and computational electromagnetics and acoustics-complex problems can literally take months to solve," said Wendell Anderson, Senior Research Mathematician, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. "With large shared memory systems, such as Altix running 128 processors, we can solve our most complex problems and workloads and save weeks of time because of the scalability and efficiency of the SGI architecture." "SGI customers are constantly pushing the limits of computing," said Jan Silverman, senior vice president and general manager, Industry Solutions and Services, SGI. "As soon as we launched the Altix 3000 family they asked when we would scale a single system to 128 processors. With their assistance, we are responding to their need for more processing power and all the benefits of NUMA-based computing combined with the benefits of the Linux operating system." Since its introduction, the Altix supercluster has been recognized as the first Linux cluster to scale to 64 processors within a single node and the first cluster to allow global shared-memory access across nodes. Inspired by the success of the Altix family and the powerful combination of standard Linux on Intel Itanium 2 processors, developers have ported more than 60 commercially available high- performance manufacturing, science, energy and environmental applications to the 64-bit Linux environment. More than two-thirds of those applications have been certified and optimized for the platform. The 128-processor beta program continues the growing momentum generated by the Altix 3000 family of servers and supercomputers, which earned "Best of Show" honors at its Linux World debut in January and recently was named "Product of the Year" by the editors of Linux Journal. The momentum continued in June, when the Altix family also won "Best Linux Hardware" honors at the LinuxUser & Developer Expo. Since its introduction, the SGI Altix* 3700 supercluster has been recognized as the first Linux cluster to scale to 64 processors within a single node and the first cluster to allow global shared-memory access across nodes. Inspired by the success of the SGI Altix family and the powerful combination of standard Linux on Intel Itanium 2 processors, developers have ported more than 60 commercially available high-performance manufacturing, science, energy and environmental applications to the 64-bit Linux environment. More than two-thirds of those applications have been certified and optimized for the platform. Availability SGI Altix 3000 servers and superclusters supporting the new 128-processor node size are expected to be available as fully supported configurations in spring of 2004, when the beta program concludes. SGI Altix 3000 servers and superclusters supporting 64-processor nodes, in configurations of up to 128 Intel Itanium 2 processors, are available today from SGI. For customers demanding even larger Altix superclusters, SGI expects to support configurations of 256 processors in September and 512 processors in October 2003. Additional Altix system technical and availability information is posted on www.sgi.com/servers/altix <http://www.sgi.com/servers/altix> . This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding SGI technologies and third-party technologies that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future or current performance. Such risks and uncertainties include long-term program commitments, the performance of third parties, the sustained performance of current and future products, financing risks, the ability to integrate and support a complex technology solution involving multiple providers and users, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's most recent SEC reports, including its reports on From 10-K and Form 10-Q. About SGI SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. SGI was named on FORTUNE magazine's 2003 list of "Top 100 Companies to Work For." With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. -end- Silicon Graphics, SGI and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and Altix is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. Intel and Itanium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. SGI announces key sales wins for fourth quarter 2003-07-31T17:21:00Z sgi-announces-key-sales-wins-for-fourth-quarter In its recently completed fourth quarter for fiscal year 2003, Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE: SGI) posted several key sales wins, saw the SGI Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters take the Linux world by storm and watched its government and defense business continue to grow to 40% of its total business. Just six months after the SGI Altix 3000 family won Best of Show honors at LinuxWorld in New York, it was named Product of the Year by the editors of Linux Journal and won Best Linux Hardware honors at the LinuxUser and Developer Expo. The SGI Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters combines SGI supercomputing architecture with Intel Itanium2 processors and the Linux operating system. SGI Altix 3000 is recognized as the first Linux cluster that scales up to 64 processors within each node and the first cluster to allow global shared-memory access across nodes. Sales of the SGI Altix 3000 family continue to gain momentum and among this quarters wins were following: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) will upgrade its current SGI Origin 3000 infrastructure with an additional SGI Altix 3000 system powered by 416 Intel Itanium 2 processors and 832GB of memory. The system will be installed at SARA Computing and Networking Services (the Dutch National HPC and Networking Center. NWO and the Netherlands Computing Facilities Foundation, which are responsible for the selection, acquisition and use of the Netherlands national supercomputer, are committed to providing the most advanced computer systems to Dutch scientists and engineers. Researchers will be able to operate at the cutting edge of advanced fundamental and applied scientific research with the largest SGI Altix 3000 supercluster to date. Supercomputing applications running at SARA, which provides services to researchers throughout the Netherlands in a grid environment, include climate research, medical science, water management and water quality calculations, fluid dynamics and turbulence modeling, computational chemistry, and genomics, including bioinformatics. SGI Announces Key Sales Wins for Fourth Quarter The exploration and production department of Total, the major French oil and gas company purchased a 256-processor SGI Altix 3000 supercluster. Intended for seismic processing applications, the system will complement the companys existing SGI infrastructure and will be integrated into its storage area network environment, which is based on the SGI CXFS shared filesystem. To be installed at Totals technical center in Pau, France, the SGI Altix system is designed to help Totals 44 exploration and production subsidiaries identify and develop onshore and offshore oil and gas prospects. Seismic analysis, which generates a digital image of the subsurface structure of the prospect or field under evaluation, is one of the energy industrys most effective prospecting methods. The system, comprising 256 Intel Itanium 2 processors at 900 MHz, with 1TB memory and 16TB of SGI Total Performance 9500 storage, will provide Total with additional processing power of close to 1 TFLOPS. This new machine will allow Total to reduce processing times, thereby optimizing decisions concerning drilling or the acquisition of assets within new areas. The Center for Computational Sciences at the Department of Energys Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has purchased a new, 256-processor SGI Altix 3000 system. The system will enable a powerful new class of applications for ORNL researchers, whose far-reaching efforts strengthen the nations leadership in the sciences, clean energy management and production,environmental protection, and homeland security. With 256 new Intel Itanium 2 processors, 2TB of global shared memory, and 1.5 TFLOPS of computational power at their disposal, ORNL researchers can simulate and analyze data sets of extraordinary size and complexity. The groundbreaking capabilities of the SGI Altix 3000 system will help ORNL drive new generations of scientific applications hungry for increased computing power and capacity. The applications include those used in computational biology and genetic research, as well as climate modeling, in which researchers project the potential long-term impact of such environmental threats as pollution and ozone depletion. As part of its grid computing efforts, Loughborough University in Leicestershire, England, has purchased a new 32-processor SGI Altix 3000 system for use in the universitys new eScience Centre. The new system, which will feature new Intel Itanium 2 processors and 32 GB of memory, also will serve as a general-purpose high performance computing facility for the university, which has research programs spanning an array of scientific and engineering disciplines. The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, one of the worlds foremost centers of scientific research and graduate study, purchased a 60-processor SGI Altix 3700 system. The system will be used by the faculty of chemistry, among other things, to analyze and identify novel electronic materials, such as materials based on organic compounds, materials that combine electronic and magnetic properties, nanomaterials, and more. Using the SGI Altix 3700 system will help researchers to interpret the measured behavior of materials and to predict new materials with novel properties. The National Magnetic Resonance Facility at Madison (NMRFAM), located at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and supported by a grant from the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health, purchased two SGI Altix 3000 systems, each driven by 12 new Intel Itanium 2 processors, to drive its most demanding applications. The shared memory architecture and massive processor I/O inherent in the Altix 3000 architecture provides an ideal platform for quantum chemical calculations. The complexity and computational requirements of those calculations were crucial in the selection of the Altix 3000 system over a conventional Linux cluster. Researchers and staff at NMRFAM are focused on developing multinuclear, multidimensional nuclear magnetic resonance approaches to studies of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, lipids, and other biological macromolecules. SGI Announces Key Sales Wins for Fourth Quarter At the University of Washingtons Department of Astronomy, groundbreaking research led by Dr. Tom Quinn is delving into the origins of the universe. With two new SGI Altix 3000 systems, each powered by 12 Intel Itanium 2 processors (1.30 GHz with 3MB L3 cache), Quinn and his colleagues can more efficiently run and analyze simulations of cosmological structure formation, in addition to studies of galactic and solar system dynamics and planet formation. The SGI Altix 3000 systemsone with 32 GB of memory and the other with 16GBwill allow researchers to interpret simulation results more quickly and accurately. University of Washington researchers selected Altix 3000 because they required a low-latency, high-bandwidth, Linux OS-based solution capable of accommodating large models in a single memory footprint. The Center for High Performance Computing at North Dakota State University will take delivery this quarter of an SGI Altix 3000 server. The system, configured with 12 Intel Itanium 2 processors and 48 GB of memory, will be used to target large memory model simulations. The Linux OS-based SGI Altix solution will combine with a Linux-based distributed memory cluster as components of a balanced high performance computing solution. Academics throughout Ohio will have access to a 32-processor SGI Altix 3000 system recently acquired by the Ohio Supercomputer Center. Powered by new Intel Itanium 2 processors and featuring 64GB of system memory, the system will enable continued studies in a broad range of computational sciences such as biomedical engineering, chemistry, materials, mechanics, and physics. The Altix systems global shared--memory capabilities also will make it a well-suited platform for OSCs researcher-developed applications designed for parallel environments, including OpenMP and MPI, as well as well as Gaussian, NWChem, LSDYNA and other leading technical applications. To support the new Altix 3000 system, OSC will install an additional 730GB of Fibre Channel storage to its SGI TP9400 RAID system. Researchers across Minnesota will have access to the most powerful SGI servers featuring the new Intel Itanium 2 processor with the University of Minnesota Supercomputing Institutes purchase of a 24-processor SGI Altix 3000 system. The newly installed system, featuring 48G of memory, runs on the Linux operating system and uses the just-launched Intel Itanium 2 processor. Research projects on the new system are expected to span the full spectrum of highperformance computing research needs, from numerical modeling of geophysical processes and genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease to quantum models for biological systems and methods for computational electromagnetics. Multidisciplinary and faculty driven, the institute is available to researchers at accredited colleges across the state of Minnesota, many of whom have collaborators at institutions worldwide. The new system cements a relationship that began with installation of an SGI Origin server infrastructure that has been upgraded over the last five years. Founded in 1984, the Supercomputing Institute is a linchpin program in the universitys broad-based digital technology effort. Its mission includes all aspects of high-performance computing and scientific modeling and simulation, as well as high-performance network communications, informatics and data mining. Among other key fourth quarter wins in the government and defense, sciences, energy and media sectors were: The Department of Defense (DoD) High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP), took delivery on an initial order for SGI hardware, software, services and support worth $26 million. SGI technology will provide DoD researchers with the added processing power and shared memory to compute and analyze increasingly complex mission-critical problems and keep the DoD HPCMP at the forefront of advanced high-performance computing. The order includes SGI hardware, software and services, as well as optional customer support over 42 months. The SGI products provide a full range of computational resources including SGI Origin 3000 scalable supercomputers, an SGI Onyx 3000 series graphics supercomputer, SGI Origin SGI Announces Key Sales Wins for Fourth Quarter 300 midrange technical servers, SGI TP9500 RAID storage arrays, and the SGI CXFS shared filesystem. Four DoD high-performance computing centers have been selected to deploy these SGI systems.the Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio; the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, Miss.; Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center, Monterey, Calif.; and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, Patuxent River, Md. These SGI systems will be applied to local, missionspecific and technical challenges and will address the overall DoD research, development and test computing requirements. To meet the need for a large shared-memory computer for large-scale parallel computing at the Western Canada Research Grid, also known as WestGrid, SGI has installed a 256-processor SGI Origin 3900 system at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. The university has selected an SGI Origin 3900 server with 256GB of memory and 2TB of local Fibre Channel disk with the ability to partition the system to 2 x 128 processors. An SGI Origin 350 eightprocessor head node was also purchased, as was a shared 5TB SGI TP9500 SAN with CXFS, a 16TB StorageTek L180 Tape Library system, and Legato NetWorker backup software. WestGrid will provide high-performance computing, networking, and collaboration tools to eight institutions in Western Canada, and the supercomputer will be used by researchers in multiple disciplines at these institutions and beyond. University of Alberta research projects on the system include designing a more efficient catalytic converter for cars in order to decrease automobile pollution, modeling the magnetosphere (weather in space), which has been known to knock out satellites, and developing the first fully functional model of a working cell. The system was selected based on price/performance, large memory scaling and excellent tools. PEMEX, Mexicos government-owned oil and gas company is among the top five in the world in terms of reserves, production and refining with a current production of 3.73 million barrels of crude oil every day and 411,000 barrels of natural gas. Pemex has just purchased its fourth SGI Reality Center solution powered by a 16-processor SGI Onyx 3000 system with four graphics pipes which will be used for 3D and 4D seismic interpretation and reservoir monitoring located in the Southern Mexican basin. The system will dramatically increase the companys recovery factors of exploration and production and thus reduce the risk of dry drills, saving millions of dollars in exploration and production. Scientists and students at Brigham Young University are now able to tap into a 128-processor SGI Origin 3900 server, the result of a recent system upgrade intended to outfit its Center for the Universitys Remote Sensing (CERS) with the latest high-performance technology. With 64 GB of system memory, the system will drive a vast array of specialized supercomputing applications from technical studies to fine arts and animation projectsused by undergraduate students at BYUs Ira and Mary Lou Fulton Supercomputing Center. Affectionately nicknamed Mary Lou, the new system also is helping with remote sensing projects that, among other things, are pinpointing and tracking the location of icebergs in shipping lanes and other locations. The SGI Origin system's stability, reliability, ease of programming, and shared memory capabilities made it an ideal computing upgrade for CERS. I-Spatial Communications Pvt. Ltd. has selected SGI as the prime contractor to set up thetelevision head-end infrastructure for a convergence delivery network for about 50,000 subscribers in the first year. This project will roll out in phases, beginning with six SGI Origin 300 servers by the end of this month, and will eventually cover seven cities in India. I-Spatial Communications is a telecom and media solutions company based in Bangalore, India, and is setting up CDN services for the first time. The company intends to provide broadband value-added services like video-ondemand, near video-on-demand, Internet access, and satellite television transmission. SGI Announces Key Sales Wins for Fourth Quarter Tippett Studio, the renowned Northern California film effects facility, is currently completing production on Matrix Revolutions and beginning work on Stepford Wives, Hellboy and Starship Troopers 2. To store and manage the massive amounts of data expected to be generated in creating these special effects, Tippett purchased a storage area network (SAN) solution from SGI comprising 14TB of SGI TP9500 storage, two four-processor SGI Origin 350 metadata servers and two 16-port Brocade Fibre Channel switches. Tippett was able to leverage its current SGI infrastructure and add it to the SAN under the control of the SGI CXFS shared filesystem, SGI Performance Co-Pilot performance monitoring system and SGI FailSafe high-availability software. This infrastructure included a recently purchased SGI Origin 300 fileserver that manages Tippetts tape robot, an Origin 2100 server being used as a backup metadata server and SGI TP9400 storage array. Sdwestrundfunk (SWR), the second largest station in Germanys public broadcasting network ARD, has decided to further expand its digital newsroom innovation goals. SGI was commissioned to deliver, in the role of a prime contractor, a server-based news production and playout environment for SWRs location in Stuttgart, after successfully installing a similar solution for the regional studio in Mainz (that went on-air in February, 2003). The digital news infrastructure will transform the tape-based news production processes to a nearly paperless, highly integrated, and streamlined workflow from ingest to transmission. Central to the solution are two SGI Media Server for broadcast systems for ingest and playout. Material will be accessible also in MPEG-1for browsing and rough-cut editing. Acting as a systems integrator, SGI Professional Services will work with subcontractors SGT and Pinnacle Systems to include best-in-class software solutions for news production, media-management, browsing, automation and non-linear-editing. This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding financial and contractual customer commitments and the installation and performance of hardware and software that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include reliance on performance of third-party partners, timely delivery of the system, acceptance of the system by the customer, changes in the authorization of government spending and other risks detailed from time to time in the companys most recent SEC reports, including its reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. About SGI SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the worlds leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGIs vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether its sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. SGI was named on FORTUNE magazines 2003 list of Top 100 Companies to Work For. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. end Silicon Graphics, SGI, Origin, Onyx, Reality Center, XFS and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and Altix, CXFS, OpenMP, Performance Co-Pilot, FailSafe and SGI Media Server are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. Intel and Itanium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. SGI supports marvels of the Australian sky 2003-07-30T14:02:00Z sgi-supports-marvels-of-the-australian-sky Silicon Graphics is pleased to announce its support of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) 2003 International Workshop, held in Geraldton, Western Australia from 27th July until 1st August 2003. Australia is contributing to the next generation radio telescope, the SKA, which will have a collecting area of one square kilometre (one million square metres) - about 100 times as great as the biggest present-day instruments. The new telescope is so amb itious that international collaboration is mandatory in its design, construction and operation. The SKA Workshop brings together scientists and engineers involved in planning for this next-generation telescope. Features of the workshop will include in-depth reviews of the SKA science case, concept prototyping and a half-day workshop devoted to SKA simulation studies. Included in this significant gathering is the Aboriginal Art Project which SGI is sponsoring. The art exhibition will be opened at the conference by The Hon Dr. Geoff Gallop, Premier of Western Australia, on Tuesday 29th July. It aims is to promote a dual interpretation of the sky and formation of the universe from the traditional Aboriginal and scientific perspectives. Indigenous artists are producing paintings and stories of star patterns and some of the artworks have been paired with matched astronomical images by David Malin, a world-famous astronomical photographer. The art project has arisen out of discussions with Aboriginal representative groups regarding SKA siting and the formation of a radio-quiet reserve in inland WA. The peace required for long term-protection of an area for radio astronomy aligns with the peace sought by Aboriginal communities around sacred sites. The art exhibition represents mankind's endless fascination with the sky and the opportunities arising from community cooperation. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.atnf.csiro.au/projects/ska/events/geraldton/programme.html * * * * * * * * * About SGI SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in high-performance computing, visualization and the management of complex data. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. SGI was named on FORTUNE magazine's 2003 list of "Top 100 Companies to Work For." With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. Joint development agreement will enable millions of Java users to easily employ OpenGL for wide range of graphics needs 2003-07-29T19:58:00Z joint-development-agreement-will-enable-millions-of-java-users-to-easily-employ-opengl-for-wide-range-of-graphics-needs For the first time, the two most widely accepted software platforms in the graphics industry OpenGL and Java(tm) will work seamlessly together. SGI (NYSE: SGI) and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today jointly announced an agreement to cooperate on developing Java bindings to the OpenGL application-programming interface (API). OpenGL is the industry-leading, cross-platform graphics API, and the onlymajor API with support for virtually all operating systems. SGI is working with Sun to enable millions of Java users to easily use OpenGL for their graphics needs. The development of Java bindings will also benefit OpenGL application developers, because they will be able to write applications in a cross-platform environment. "Working with Sun to enable OpenGL graphics application developers to use Java creates an excellent opportunity for both developers and consumers," said Shawn Underwood, director of marketing, Visual Computing Systems, SGI. "We will have two cross-platform standards operating together: Java and OpenGL. This effort will enable tens of thousands of developers, who write graphics applications, to gain the many benefits of the Java technology." "Java and OpenGL together will make a powerful win-win combination for graphics developers everywhere," said John Fowler, chief technology officer, Software, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "The power of OpenGL and the wide deployment of Java means graphics developers will now bring together the best of two worlds: Java and graphics." The development of these bindings will involve submissions to the Java Community Process (JCP) and the OpenGL Architecture Review Board (ARB). The JCP is an open organization of international developers and licensees whose charter is to develop and revise Java technology specifications, referenc implementations and technology compatibility kits. The ARB is an industry-wide organization that governs the evolution and ongoing development of OpenGL, a technology originally created by SGI, as an open, platform-independent standard for professional-quality 3 graphics. Mobile Devices Manufacturers Standardize on Java and New OpenGL ES Standard With the recent OpenGL ES announcement by the Khronos Group, a consortium of digital media and graphics industry leaders, the benefits of creating Java bindings to OpenGL extend beyond desktop applications to those for mobile devises. OpenGL ES standard specifies well-defined subset profiles of OpenGL to enable small-footprint embedded mobile devices with advanced graphics capabilities. "Khronos strongly applauds the cooperation between Sun and SGI as we can leverage this work to enable the OpenGL ES API to be driven from small footprint Java applications - creating a unique opportunity for the embedded graphics market," said Neil Trevett, senior vice president of market development at 3Dlabs, secretary of the Khronos Group and chairman of the OpenGL ES Working Group. "The coming together of Java and OpenGL ES will enable advanced 3D graphics on a huge variety of embedded platforms." With a vendor-neutral, multiplatform graphics standard based on OpenGL ES and Java, mobile phones, PDAs and other mobile devices will be transformed by the addition of 3D graphics, which will greatly enhance the marketability of content services to consumers. Later this fall, "mobile terminals," as some manufacturers are beginning to refer to them, will be featuring name-brand, quite complex 3D games. The possibilities of these mobile terminals will be virtually unlimited, ranging from top-selling interactive games, to video clips synchronized with text, to 3D global positioning systems (GPS) and 3D representations of buildings and terrains. About OpenGL The OpenGL graphics system specification allows developers to incorporate a broad set of rendering, texture mapping, special effects and other powerful visualization functions and provides a graphics pipeline that allows unfettered access to graphics hardware acceleration. Since its introduction by SGI in 1992, OpenGL has become the industry's most widely used and supported 3D and 2D graphics API. OpenGL is available on all other major computer platforms, including IRIX, Solaris* OE, HP-UX, AIX, Windows NT, Windows 98 and Mac OS X. An industry-wide architecture review board governs the evolution and ongoing development of OpenGL. With broad industry support, OpenGL is uniquely positioned to leverage the continuing improvements of graphics hardware. About the Java Community Process Since its introduction in 1998 as the open, inclusive process to develop and revise Java technology specifications, reference implementations, and technology compatibility kits, the Java Community Process program has fostered the evolution of the Java platform in cooperation with the international Java developer community. The JCP has over 650 company and individual participants; more than 200 Java technology specifications are in development in the JCP program out of which 46 percent are in final stages. For more information on the JCP program, please visit http://jcp.org About Sun Microsystems Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision-"The Network Is The Computer(tm)"-has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com. About SGI SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is a world leader in high-performance computing, visualization and networked data storage for scientific, engineering and creative users. SGI is a global company with a global vision: to provide the technology leadership that enables some of the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. SGI's mission is to provide leading-edge solutions that are mission-critical to customers in the government and defense, sciences, manufacturing, energy and media markets. SGI's innovative products provide a powerful, flexible, feature-rich and highly-scalable data infrastructure that delivers greater efficiencies and productivity to meet the next class of challenges our customers will explore. For more information about SGI products, services and solutions, users can call (800) 800-7441 or visit www.sgi.com. -end- Silicon Graphics, SGI, OpenGL, IRIX and the SGI logo are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, Solaris and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Mac OS is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc. Windows and Windows NT are registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. SGI Altix 3000 named 'prduct of the year' by editors of Linux Journal Magazine 2003-07-23T14:09:00Z sgi-altix-3000-named-prduct-of-the-year-by-editors-of-linux-journal-magazine SGI today announced that its SGI(r) Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters has been named Product of the Year by the editors of Linux Journal. The award-winning monthly magazine recently revealed its Editors' Choice Awards winners, with the Linux(r) OS-based SGI Altix system taking top honors. "We are proud that the editors of Linux Journal have singled out the SGI Altix 3000 family above all other Linux products," said Dave Parry, senior vice president and general manager, Server and Platform Group, SGI. "By delivering massive scalability, an optimized yet standard 64-bit Linux environment and global shared-memory access across nodes, SGI Altix 3000 truly stands out among Linux offerings for its extensive capabilities and unparalleled price/performance." The Linux Journal award reflects continued success for the Altix 3000 family, which earned "Best of Show" honors at its January introduction at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo 2003. Linux Journal's Editors' Choice Awards are well known as the premier forum recognizing outstanding product developments and achievements in the Linux market. A panel of distinguished Linux experts was assembled to nominate products for the awards. Linux Journal editors chose the final winners from among the nominations. The SGI Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters combines SGI(r) supercomputing architecture with Intel(r) Itanium(r) 2 processors and the Linux operating system. SGI Altix 3000 is recognized as the first Linux cluster that scales up to 64 processors within each node and the first cluster ever to allow global shared-memory access across nodes. Inspired by the success of the SGI Altix family and the powerful combination of standard Linux on Intel(r) processors, more than 50 high-performance manufacturing, science, energy and environmental applications have been ported by their commercial developers to the 64-bit Linux environment, more than half of which have been certified and optimized for the platform. Availability SGI Altix 3000 servers and superclusters supporting up to 128 new Intel Itanium 2 processors are available today from SGI. For customers demanding even larger Altix superclusters, SGI expects to support configurations of 256 processors in August and 512 processors in October 2003. Additional Altix system technical and availability information is posted on <www.sgi.com/servers/altix>. The Altix family also won "Best Linux Hardware" honors at LinuxUser & Developer Expo. The inaugural LinuxUser & Developer Awards were presented at the Network Industry Awards ceremony in Birmingham, England on the June 24, 2003, the first day of the LinuxUser & Developer Expo-The Linux Zone. Judges selected the winners from nominations from readers of LinuxUser & Developer magazine. This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding SGI technologies and third-party technologies that are subject to risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in such statements. The reader is cautioned not to rely unduly on these forward-looking statements, which are not a guarantee of future or current performance. Such risks and uncertainties include long-term program commitments, the performance of third parties, the sustained performance of current and future products, financing risks, the ability to integrate and support a complex technology solution involving multiple providers and users, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's most recent SEC reports, including its reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. About Linux Journal Linux Journal is the premier Linux magazine, dedicated to serving the Linux community and promoting the use of Linux worldwide. A monthly periodical, Linux Journal is currently celebrating its ninth year of publication. Linux Journal may be purchased at all major bookstores and newsstands and may also be ordered by calling 1(888) 66-LINUX, sending e-mail to subs@ssc.com or visiting www.linuxjournal.com/. For additional information about Linux Journal send e-mail to linux@ssc.com. About SGI SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. SGI was named on FORTUNE magazine's 2003 list of "Top 100 Companies to Work For." With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. -end- Silicon Graphics, SGI and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and Altix is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Intel and Itanium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. SGI triples backup and restore record, scalable technology protects large data environments 2003-07-22T20:42:00Z sgi-triples-backup-and-restore-record-scalable-technology-protects-large-data-environments SGI (NYSE: SGI) announced today that it has achieved an unprecedented benchmark, sustaining a rate of 10.1TB per hour for a disk-to-tape file backup. SGI has also established an image restore record of 7.9TB/hour. The benchmark nearly triples the previous record of 3.6TB per hour for backup and is more than three times faster than the previous restore record of 2.2TB per hour. This achievement significantly raises the standard for high-performance, scalable storage solutions designed to protect large data environments. The industry-wide demand to reduce the time allocation and workflow disruption when backing up and/or restoring critical data includes military and civilian agencies supplying real-time weather data and forecasts. Similarly, the scientific community must protect large amounts of data such as current and historic brain-image files to study brain structure, aid in brain surgery, and cure disease. In the entertainment field movie studios are working 200+ TB (20 million files) of film resolution data. These groundbreaking benchmarks were established in a collaboration between SGI, LEGATO (Nasdaq: LGTO), Brocade (Nasdaq: BRCD), LSI Logic Storage Systems (NYSE: LSI) and StorageTek (NYSE: STK) and established several new performance standards for storage technology. Those new standards include: File-level backup: sustained rate of 10.1TBs per hour File-level restore: sustained rate of 4.5TBs per hour Image-level backup: sustained rate of 7.2TBs per hour Image-level restore: sustained rate of 7.9TBs per hour Backup of 1TB at file-level (in minutes): 7:09 Restore of 1TB at file level (in minutes): 15:29 Single 10TB XFS filesystem File-level backup: sustained rate of 6.26TBs per hour File-level restore: sustained rate of 4.43TBs per hour "Data centers will continue to experience high storage growth rates over the next five years," said Steve Kenniston, analyst at Enterprise Storage Group. "As application demands cause backup windows to disappear and downtime costs increase focus on recovery, large computing environments face relentless pressure to achieve faster backup and restore performance. These are significant milestones in meeting this challenge." The test was conducted on StorageTek's Louisville, Colo. campus with commercially available systems and storage hardware and software in a storage area network (SAN) environment. It used real-world data from GFDL. The Princeton, N.J.-based science center's massive store of complex data offered an ideal opportunity to show how the complement of technology offered by the participating storage management companies can readily address the need to back up and recover massive amounts of data in far less time. "What was proved here today is that with the proper tools we are able to back up and restore a large amounts of data, ensuring less disruption and increased protection of critical information," said Brian Gross, physical scientist, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL). Technical Configuration of the Benchmark Test An SGI OriginTM 3000 server with SGI storage software technology was the platform for the backup and restore operation and had to sustain nearly 6GB per second of aggregate I/O throughput to achieve these world-record results. The Origin server was equipped with 32 MIPS processors and eight I/O modules. An SGI Total PerformanceTM 9500 (SGI TP9500) high-performance RAID array configured with over 17TB of Fibre Channel disk capacity was used to store 10.297TB of customer data, composed of files ranging from 2 GB to 42GB. The SGI TP9500 system is based on technology developed by LSI Logic Storage Systems, Inc., and sustained close to 3GB-per-second throughput during the backup. A StorageTek PowderHorn 9310 tape library utilizing 48 StorageTek T9940B tape drives was used to backup and restore the 10TBs of data. The SGI Origin server, SGI TP9500 RAID array and StorageTek T9940B tape drives were all connected in a 2Gb fibre channel SAN using a combination of Brocade SilkWorm 3900, SilkWorm 3800 and SilkWorm 3200 fabric switches. LEGATO Systems, Inc.'s industry-leading data protection software, NetWorkerTM, was hosted on the SGI Origin server to manage backup and restore operations. World-record performance was achieved for all four benchmark parameters using LEGATO's new NetWorkerTM 7.0 release. "These tests help us understand real-world performance in a most demanding customer environment which in turn allows us to develop data protection solutions for a broad range of customer scenarios," said Gabriel Broner, senior vice president and general manger, Software and Storage Administration, SGI. "This exercise affirms that we are several steps ahead of current offerings with unmatched capability and performance levels. And we will certainly continue to push these limits." About SGI SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. SGI was named on FORTUNE magazine's 2003 list of "Top 100 Companies to Work For." With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. Silicon Graphics, SGI, XFS, Origin and the SGI logo are registered trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. MIPS is a registered trademark of MIPS Technologies, Inc. used under license by Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. SGI introduces the most powerful advanced visualization system at radical new entry price points 2003-07-15T17:23:00Z sgi-introduces-the-most-powerful-advanced-visualization-system-at-radical-new-entry-price-points Once again breaking new ground in advanced visualization, SGI (NYSE: SGI) today unveiled Silicon Graphics Onyx4 UltimateVision, the fourth generation of the most successful visualization system in its class, which starts at $45,000one-fifth the price of previous Onyx systems. At this level of affordability, the new Onyx4 UltimateVision system brings highly-advanced visual computing within the reach of individuals and small design and engineering teams. Formerly, this level of graphics capability was affordable for only the most elite users. At eight times the leading performance of previous Onyx systems, Onyx4 out ranks the competitive single-system and cluster offerings of any other company including Sun, HP, IBM and Evans and Sutherland. SGI attributes this accomplishment to its fourth-generation scalable, high-performance architecture and expertise in graphics technology. Onyx4 UltimateVision systems enable users to address bigger problems with up to 40 times the price/performance of its previous Onyx systems. What is truly remarkable, said Jon Peddie, president, Jon Peddie Research, is that SGI managed to achieve this incredible level of price/performance by integrating standards-based, off-the-shelf graphics processors into its advanced architecture. I expect, in keeping with the industrys response to over 20 years of SGI introductions, we will soon see new markets as users get access to these new systems. The Onyx4 UltimateVision system raises the bar in visualization by delivering: A system architecture that, in a single system configuration, scales from two to 32 graphics processors, or pipelinesmore than twice the scalability over previous Onyx systems and 16 times over the nearest system competitor Eight times the system performance of an Onyx InfiniteReality more Up to 80 times the pipe bandwidth over competing cluster solutions Price points and configurations tailored to empower individuals, transform team productivity and scale to tackle the most extreme visualization challenges We set out on an ambitious quest, said Paul McNamara, senior vice president and general manager, Visual Systems Group, SGI, to build a system that delivered break-through performance and capability at dramatically lower entry price points, while, at the same time, protecting customers investment in their existing applications. Through the passion and dedication of our graphics team, Onyx 4 UltimateVision presents a new class of visualization system. The most pressing problem facing users of advanced visualization systems is managing and manipulating the terabytes of data required to transform datasets into visual representations. Traditional graphics-focused solutions are unable to meet vast data requirements essential for visualization. However, the new Onyx4 systems innovative scalable system architecture and large shared memory are specifically designed to rapidly digest multiterabyte datasets while focusing dozens of microprocessors and graphics processors effortlessly to tackle problems many times larger than ever before possible. With this new architecture, users will be able to achieve unheard-of levels of detailed imagery in remarkable time. Examples include: Models of car interiors viewed at such granularity that materials appear real Entire cars visualized in realtime with detail down to the weld Oil exploration transformed by the ability to see five times the detail possible today Cancers, viruses and other medical data viewed at three times greater granularity The millions of cargo containers inspected annually scanned to the centimeter In addition, the new system supports SGI Visual Area Network (VAN) technology, giving advanced visualization access to users throughout the organization regardless of location via thin-client access and standard networks. With these collective capabilities, Onyx4 is the first system designed to give a wide-range of users access to the most advanced visualization capabilities in the world. SGI designs custom solutions, including VAN and immersive visualization such as SGI Reality Center environments that combine the strength of the company's technology with a complement of technologies from partnering companies. These solutions optimize the power of Onyx4 UltimateVision by integrating hardware, software, services, and support. Power of Onyx at an Affordable Price Onyx4 UltimateVision transforms the price and performance of visualization, enabling companies and research institutes to address problems of a scale previously only affordable by elite labs. Onyx4 systems are available immediately with configurations designed to meet the complex visualization needs of the individual power user, of small teams collaborating to improve accuracy and delivery times, and of the most advanced visualization experts. Configurations range from two microprocessors and two pipelines, in a system that fits under a desk, to 64 microprocessors and 32 pipelines. For more extreme visualization needs, custom solutions can be designed. Onyx4 UltimateVision also comes complete with the power and flexibility necessary to create extremely high-resolution environments. Even the smallest configuration can deliver 20M pixels of highly interactive graphics, enough to power two ultrahigh-resolution 10M pixel LCD displays. At the top end, Onyx4 can render over 100M pixels of display, enough to power the next generation of fully immersive environments. In a separate release today, SGI announced Silicon Graphics Tezro, the companys next generation visual workstation. The new system, with quad-processor and advanced visualization capabilities, offers a breakthrough entry price point for a system of this caliber. Tezro users will receive greater application performance and a more advanced level of capability on the desktop. For additional information, see SGI Introduces Superior Desktop Performance and Reliability with New Silicon Graphics Tezro at www.sgi.com/newsroom. About SGI SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the worlds leader in high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGIs vision is to provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether its sharing images to aid in brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific, engineering and creative users. SGI was named on FORTUNE magazines 2003 list of the Top 100 Companies to Work For. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com. end Silicon Graphics, SGI, Onyx, Reality Center, InfiniteReality and the SGI logo are registered trademarks and Onyx4, UltimateVision and Tezro are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.