SGI Altix 3000 Proves Favorite With Linux Journal Readers

World's Fastest Linux OS-Based System Named 'Favorite Server' by Linux

Community Members in Annual Readers' Choice Awards

Nov 06, 2003, 00:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In another sign of
 growing support from the Linux community, SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today announced its
 SGI(R) Altix(TM) 3000 family of servers and superclusters has been named
 "Favorite Server" in Linux Journal's annual Readers' Choice Awards. More than
 7,500 Linux users and developers cast votes for products in 28 categories,
 with SGI Altix emerging as the top choice among all Linux(R) OS-based servers.
     The latest award reflects continued success for the acclaimed Altix(TM)
 system, which in July was named Product of the Year by the editors of Linux
 Journal and in January earned "Best of Show" at Linux World Conference & Expo
 2003. The fastest system ever to run the Linux operating system, SGI Altix is
 a true 64-bit high-performance computing (HPC) platform that leverages the
 advantages of open source computing with up to 64 powerful Intel(R) Itanium(R)
 2 processors in a single node -- and up to 512 in a supercluster configuration
 with global shared memory.
     "Among the many accolades Altix has earned since its introduction in
 January, those that come from the Linux community hold a special
 significance," said Dave Parry, senior vice president and general manager,
 Server at Platform Group, SGI. "Linux has emerged as a true option for
 production HPC environments due in large part to the support Altix has
 received from users and developers who continue to drive the evolution of open
 source solutions.  Working closely with this community, we are redefining the
 limits of performance and scalability on Linux."
     The SGI Altix family of servers combines industry-standard 64-bit Linux
 with the Intel Itanium 2 processor family and SGI(R) NUMAflex(TM) architecture
 to enable global shared memory systems from a few to hundreds of processors
 with up to 4 terabytes of shared memory, which is a first for Linux OS-based
 computing. Powered by the third-generation NUMAflex supercomputing
 architecture, even the largest data sets can be handled and analyzed with ease
 and in record time for production workflows with the most demanding stability.
 Only the SGI Altix 3000 family of servers is designed around this scalable
 shared-memory architecture that analyzes data sets as whole entities, without
 breaking them up into smaller segments to be handled by individual processors.
 The Altix architecture has proven ideal both for complex shared-memory
 applications running on a large single system image, and for
 communication-intensive applications optimized for clustering in throughput
     Scalable SGI Altix 3000 systems are available today in server
 configurations of 4 to 64 processors, and supercluster configurations of 4 to
 512 processors. For customers demanding even larger Altix superclusters, SGI
 plans to support configurations 1,024 processors in May 2004 and larger over
 time. Additional Altix system technical and availability information is posted
     Since its introduction in January, SGI Altix 3000 has been 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. Inspired
 by the success of the SGI Altix family and the powerful combination of
 standard Linux running on 64-bit Intel processors, more than 60
 high-performance manufacturing, science, energy and environmental applications
 have been ported by their commercial developers to the 64-bit Linux
 environment. Over two thirds of these applications have certified and
 optimized their code for differentiated performance on the Altix platform.
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