SGI Altix 3000 Supercluster Wins 'Best of Show' Honor in Product Debut At LinuxWorld 2003

IDG Honors SGI for Enabling Supercomputing Capabilities in Linux Clusters

Jan 23, 2003, 00:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI)
 today announced receipt of "Best of Show" honors at the LinuxWorld Conference
 and Expo 2003 for product excellence with the SGI(R) Altix(TM) 3000 family of
 servers and superclusters.
     Under the banner "Scaling Linux to New Altitudes," SGI unveiled the
 SGI Altix 3000 in its world debut at the LinuxWorld conference yesterday in
 New York City.  IDG World Expo, the LinuxWorld host company, presented SGI
 with the Best of Show award yesterday afternoon.  The conference continues
 through Friday with ongoing demonstrations of the capabilities of the new SGI
 Altix 3000 superclusters in the SGI booth.
     The Open Source Product Excellence Awards are sponsored by OSDN and
 presented in conjunction with UniForum Association in several categories, from
 Best Clustering Solution to Best Open Source project, to the exhibitors that
 most embody open-source innovation in their respective areas.  The highly
 coveted Best of Show recognition was awarded this year to SGI for extending
 the supercomputing capabilities of Linux(R) with the new SGI Altix
     "With all of the incredible advancements that have been made in Linux over
 the last year, SGI is tremendously honored to have been selected among them as
 Best of Show," said Gary Geissler, vice president of engineering, SGI, who
 accepted the award.  "Moreover, we are indebted to all of the members of the
 open-source community who have dedicated their efforts to scalable Linux
     SGI recently announced the SGI Altix 3000 family of servers and
 superclusters, which combine SGI's 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 single-Linux-image node, and the first cluster of any variety to allow
 global shared memory access across nodes.  SGI Altix 3000 has already produced
 record-setting results on high-performance computing benchmarks over the
 highest-end offerings from IBM, HP, and other vendors.  (See separate releases
 dated January 7, 2003.)  SGI is demonstrating these unique capabilities in its
 booth at the LinuxWorld conference this week.
     About SGI
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 high-performance computing, visualization and the management of complex data.
 SGI products, services and solutions enable its technical and creative
 customers to gain strategic and competitive advantages in their core
 businesses. Whether being used to design and build safer cars and airplanes,
 discover new medications and oil reserves, predict the weather, entertain us
 with thrilling movie special effects or provide mission-critical support for
 government and defense, SGI systems and expertise are empowering a world of
 innovation and discovery. The company, located on the Web at, is
 headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and has offices worldwide.
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 and Altix is a trademark of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the U.S. and/or other
 countries worldwide. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Intel
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