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SGI TO SHOWCASE 128 PROCESSOR ALTIX SYSTEM AT SC2003: ONE OF THE MOST
POWERFUL SINGLE LINUX SYSTEMS
Industry Luminaries Speak on SGIs Stage; Company Also Features Latest in
Centralized Storage and Visualization Technology
SC2003 Conference and Phoenix, AZ - Nov 17, 2003 SGI today announced from
the SC2003 conference that the company will feature its powerful SGI®
AltixTM 3000 family of Linux® OS-based supercomputers. SC2003, the
international conference on high-performance computing and networking, is
held this year at the Phoenix Civic Plaza Conventional Center, Nov. 17-20.
SGI will publicly display for the first time an Altix supercomputer powered
by 128 Intel® Itanium® 2 processors utilizing the companys scalable
NUMAflexTM shared memory architecture. In its first year, customers across
the globe have adopted this new breed of supercomputer demonstrating the
strong desire for more open and scalable computing options.
Weve had an amazing year and made tremendous strides since the last
Supercomputing industry conference, said Bob Bishop, chairman and CEO,
Silicon Graphics. SGI has introduced significant advancements across all
product lines as a continuation of its total focus on the high-performance
technical marketplace. Most of all, we are very proud of the tremendous
achievements our customers have made using SGI technology across so many
critical areas of bioinformatics, climate modeling, energy research,
manufacturing and national defense. SGI is clearly demonstrating its HPC
Customers, business partners and industry experts will take the stage in the
Silicon Graphics booth (Number 835) before a 20-foot SGI® Reality Center®
presentation theatre to showcase the impact to their work and the
record-breaking accomplishments they have achieved by using the companys
technology and products. Speakers and topics in the SGI booth and related
· The Benefits of Long-Term Collaboration: Walt Brooks, NASA division chief
will discuss the advancements made possible through a long-term and close
relationship with SGI.
· Scaling Linux to 512 Processors: Jim Taft, consultant, NASA Ames, will
present the highlights of an aggressive program to develop the first
512-processor single system configuration of an Altix system.
· Peridynamic Modeling of Fracture and Failure Analysis: Abe Askari,
associate technical fellow, Boeing Corporation, will discuss a departure
from traditional finite element analysis for aerospace, touching on the
benefits of the scaling properties of the SGI Altix system.
· HPC for a Smart State: Bernard Pailthorpe, professor, University of
Queensland, will provide an overview on how the university is providing a
critical infrastructure for an Australian state with a long term vision of
developing world competitive industries and research capability.
· State of the Union for Linux In HPC: Jon maddog Hall, executive
director, Linux International, will discuss how Linux has changed to meet
HPC needs, its direction for meeting future needs and why Linux should be
the operating system of choice for Beowulf clusters, NUMA machines and the
· World Record 10 Terabyte Backup: Victoria Grey, vice president, Business
Continuance, LEGATO, will speak on the benchmark achieved through
cooperation between SGI, LEGATO, Brocade, LSI Logic Storage Systems and
· The Virtual Laboratory: Poznan Supercomputing Center, from Phoenix a user
will control a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscope located in Poznan,
Poland. The raw data will be converted into understandable results, then
interactively visualized at both sites.
· Project Ultraviolet: Eng Lim Goh, Ph.D., chief technology officer, SGI,
will discuss the motivation behind the companys development of its
next-generation science-driven systems architecture and software
· Storage on the Lunatic Fringe: Beyond Peta-Scale Storage Systems: A
workshop (Thursday 12:00 p.m.) that will help paint a picture of the current
and future application requirements that significantly push the envelope of
storage systems and the concepts, architectures, and technologies being
developed to meet these requirements.
· SGI User Group to Host Executive Panel Discussion Featuring Distinguished
Senior Members of HPC Community: (Wednesday 5:00 p.m. Hyatt Regency)
Industry leaders will discuss implementation experiences and record-breaking
results achieved with SGIs Altix systems.
· "Exploiting Synergy: Acquiring, Computing, Managing and Visualizing Data
on the Grid" (Thursday 12:00p.m.) A panel of experts will discuss the
potential of Grid computing far beyond what is available on a network.
Along with the SGI Altix 3000 family of scalable Linux systems, an extensive
array of new centralized storage and visualization products is also being
demonstrated at the SGI booth. These include the SGI® InfiniteStorage
solutions, Silicon Graphics® Onyx4 UltimateVision visualization system,
Silicon Graphics® Tezro visual workstation, SGI® Origin® family of servers,
and demonstrations of Visual Area Networking and collaborative Grid
SGI Altix Takes Center Stage at SC2003
"The shared-memory architecture of the SGI Altix system allows SGI customers
to take the fullest advantage of the Intel Itanium 2 processor," said
Richard Dracott, director of marketing, Enterprise Platforms Group, Intel.
"Together, SGI and Intel are providing HPC users with a supercomputing-class
system that scales reliably to hundreds of processors with industry-standard
components and a Linux operating environment."
Once again breaking the perceived limits of scalability, the Altix system
encompasses a record 128 processors and terabyte of memory within a single
instance of the Linux operating environment and up to 512 processors and 4TB
of memory in a supercluster configuration. Such capabilities leverage the
built-in SGI NUMAlink interconnect fabric, delivering data across nodes up
to 200 times faster than conventional clustering interconnects. The broad
acceptance of Altix is solid evidence of a growing appetite for scalable,
shared-memory systems capable of achieving industry-leading performance with
Itanium 2 processors.
SGI attributes much of the success of the Altix line to its NUMAflex shared
memory architecture in which all the processors in the computer share the
same memory. This is distinct from older computer architectures and clusters
where every processor has its own associated memory. The main advantage of
shared memory is not having to move data from one memory location to
another, which results in faster processing and easier programming. Simply
put, utilizing the NUMAflex share memory model saves users tremendous time
and effort much like doing a month's worth of shopping at a super store or
mall is more efficient than running all over town to different stores.
Among the awards presented to the Altix system this year, most recently the
system earned Most Innovative Overall HPC Technology in the 2003 HPCwire
Innovation Awards and the Linux Journal Readers' Choice Awards. The Altix
line was also prominently featured on the 22nd Top 500 List of the worlds
Origin Systems for Defense and Homeland Security
Also built upon the NUMAflex architecture, SGI will demonstrate the Origin®
350 system running as a satellite ground station with data ingest, compute
and storage in a single rack. SGI pairs the high reliability and massive I/O
capability of the Origin server family with the IRIX® operating system for
an unstoppable combination for the most demanding applications in areas
including government and homeland security.
InfiniteStorage Puts SGI on the Map
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. Customers include
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, OH, which acquired in the spring
of 2003 a staggering 40TB of SGI InfiniteStorage to support a 2,048
processor SGI® Origin® 3900 system, the largest ever built.
Live on the show floor and networked to sites over 6,200 miles away, SGI
will demonstrate the unique capabilities of InfiniteStorage solutions. Using
technology from YottaYotta and SGI® InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS
in a SAN over a wide area network, the demonstration will convey the
tremendous cost and time savings from sharing data over a distributed
networkwithout having to duplicate data or the storage infrastructure.
Shipping for four years, CXFS is a mature shared filesystem that delivers
instant, no-copy data sharing and includes support for a wide range of
leading operating environmentsenabling users and applications to share data
concurrently over a SAN without replicating files. CXFS now supports Linux
and IBM® AIX® operating environments in addition to current support for
IRIX®, Solaris and Windows® platforms.
SGI will also demonstrate how to automate data movement based on the
customer's workflow across multiple storage technologies in a multi-tier
storage hierarchy. On the new SGI InfiniteStorage TP9300S Serial ATA storage
system, SGI's Data Migration Facility will migrate data in the filesystem
from Fibre Channel disk to the TP9300S SATA disk and then to multiple tape
formats in a tape library.
New Perspectives on Visualization
Delivering eight times the power at a fifth of the price of previous
systems, SGIs fourth generation Onyx4 UltimateVision system, based on a new
graphics architecture provides unparalleled scalability and performance in a
compact affordable solution. Demonstrations will verify the power of a
visualization system that marries a supercomputer to industry-standard
graphics cards. SGI continues its mission to help advance technology that
enables users view data from the most effective and realistic perspectives.
Among demonstrations at the SGI booth will be DDD, Inc. with its new
auto-stereo capability that converts non-stereo applications to stereo
automatically without the use of glasses.
Additionally, live from the show floor SGIs Visual Area Networking
demonstration features a new level of performance and interactivity that
links organizations and data from disparate sites. These demonstrations,
featuring the new Onyx4 and Tezro systems, bring unprecedented levels of
visualization power and multisite collaboration to individuals and teams.
For a complete overview of SGIs high performance computing offering and
profiles on the relationships mentioned within this release, visit
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 viewer 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 impact of competitive markets, the ability to integrate
and support a complex technology solution involving multiple providers and
users, the acceptance of applicable technologies by markets and customers,
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
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
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