SGI Brings Rocket Science Technology to Broadcasters and Video/Film Industry With New Open IT Platform

Silicon Graphics Prism Designed for Breaking Barriers to More Efficient HD and

4K Workflows

Apr 18, 2005, 01:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To help
 broadcasters and post production houses as they transition from analog to
 digital IT-based facilities, and from SD to HD, 2K and 4K resolution material,
 Silicon Graphics (NYSE:   SGI) is introducing an open IT platform designed to
 bring greater efficiencies to their new digital workflows. Unveiled at NAB
 Booth SL1943, the Silicon Graphics Prism(TM) platform for Media employs the
 same architecture as one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, the
 SGI(R) Altix(R) system at NASA Ames. It also leverages SGI's 20+ years
 heritage in visualization and management of massive, complex data. Unlike
 previous generation proprietary systems, the new Silicon Graphics Prism
 platform delivers the power and performance of multi-pipe visualization using
 open-source standards and scalable, commodity graphics.
     By integrating industry standards-based, 64-bit Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2
 processors, the 64-bit Linux(R) scalability found in SGI Altix
 high-performance server products, and scalable ATI(R) graphics processors
 (GPUs), SGI offers a system to solve the most demanding content creation and
 management at a dramatic new price point.
     "We envision partnering with non-linear editing, asset management, color
 grading, video server and other software companies as well as systems
 integrators to provide the SGI open IT platform as the foundation on which to
 build their products and solutions," said Chris Golson, senior director, Media
 Industries, SGI. "This is the same computer architecture used by rocket
 scientists to analyze super-high definition images of Shuttle launches for ice
 and debris. For media, Silicon Graphics Prism is a compact, cost-effective
 open architecture platform that has the I/O capability to handle multiple
 ingest channels and multiple uncompressed HD and 2K streams, or even the 4K
 requirements of digital cinema mastering and digital intermediates."
     For broadcasters, the SGI platform will offer the possibility of a fully
 integrated, multi-channel broadcast media gateway for ingest, editing and
 archiving. In post-production, the Silicon Graphics Prism platform will
 dramatically increase performance in data-intense creative processes, such as
 special effects based on massive data models, high-resolution finishing, and
 highly interactive, digital intermediate sessions.
     "Digital intermediate projects and the creation and management of
 broadcast news content place great demands on a processor's computing
 ability," said Melissa Laird, general manager of Intel's Developer Relations
 Division. "Intel Itanium 2 processor-based platforms are ideal for meeting
 these demands. The combination of SGI's high-bandwidth platforms and the raw
 computing performance of Itanium 2 processors can help film studios,
 post-production facilities and broadcasters reach new levels of system
 reliability and scalable performance."
     Through the SGI(R) Global Developers Program, qualified application
 developers can receive assistance in their porting efforts as well as
 significant discounts on development systems through a special SGI sponsored
 developer program designed specifically for SGI Altix and Silicon Graphics
 Prism systems.
     The SGI Platform Architecture
     Silicon Graphics Prism is based on open standards:  Intel Itanium 2
 processors, 64-bit Linux OS, ATI GPUs, OpenML(TM), MXF, high-speed networking
 including Infiniband, 10 Gig Ethernet and GSN, and high-speed interconnect to
 storage with 4Gb Fibre Channel. The platform will also focus on open
 partnerships as SGI continues its collaboration with companies such as
 Ardendo, Autodesk, InteractiveFX, Omneon and others.
     Silicon Graphics Prism is built on SGI's more than 20 year heritage in
 developing graphics and D-Media libraries. Leveraging the power of true
 scalability, Silicon Graphic Prism provides the ability to easily scale
 resources (processors, GPUs, storage) within a system to meet customers'
 needs. And its world-leading system bandwidth and I/O capabilities enable
 entire workflows to be accelerated by eliminating time wasted on waiting for
 data to be loaded, saved, or distributed.
     Three primary elements of the Silicon Graphics Prism platform make it
 unique-giving developers and customers three ways to solve a problem in a
 single platform:
     -- Itanium 2 processors:  64-bit data processing for higher performance,
        especially for large data visualization
     -- Scalable graphics with multi-pipe ATI GPUs:  multiple HD streams all
        the way to 4K
     -- Reconfigurable Application-Specific Computing (RASC) with Field
        Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs). By directly connecting FGPAs to
        global shared memory in Silicon Graphics Prism, RASC allows application
        developers to program to the best of three building blocks offered by
        processors, graphics pipelines, and FPGAs. RASC processors are being
        programmed for codecs and image processing, watermarking, motion
        estimation, and data conversion. It gives developers a third path for
        accelerating key time-consuming filters for DI or transcoding for
     SGI anticipates that the complete Silicon Graphics Prism open IT platform
 for Media will be available in the second half of CY05. Systems with 2-8
 processors and 2-4 GPUs start at under $US30,000. SGI intends to also make
 smaller configurations available.
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 Virtual Press Kit posted in the SGI Newsroom at .
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