SGI Launches New Flagship Altix 4000 Platform

Blade-Based Design Foreshadows the Future of High-Performance Computing With

Multi-Paradigm Computing

Nov 14, 2005, 00:00 ET from SGI

    SEATTLE, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- SC|05 -- 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 SGI(R)
 Altix(R) 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 SGI(R) 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 Linux(R) 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(1) 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 visualization and new FPGA-based SGI(R) Reconfigurable
 Application Specific Computing (RASC(TM)) technologies. And, Altix 4000
 compute blades provide socket compatibility for today's fastest Intel(R)
 Itanium(R) 2 processors and forthcoming(2) 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(3) 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 Dave Parry, senior
 vice president and general manager, Server and Platform Group, SGI. "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
     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, defense 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 visualization, further protecting
 customer investments in SGI blade technology.
     New Opportunities
     Altix is a truly differentiated platform for running the full suite of
 SAP(R) 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 minimize 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 standardized 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 UNIX(R) environments, Altix 4000 continues the
 SGI Altix family's support for industry-standard Linux implementations,
 including Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Software and standard Red Hat(R)
 Enterprise Linux(R). Altix 4000 also supports complete data management and
 visualization 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., 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
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 company's most recent SEC reports.
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 registered trademarks, and RASC, NUMAflex, NUMALink and The Source of
 Innovation and Discovery are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc., in the
 United States and/or other countries worldwide. Linux is a registered
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      Editors References
     (1) Based on published performance records.
     (2) Based on preliminary information provided by Intel Corporation.
     (3) Initial Altix 4000 customers include:
         - SGI to Install Leading-Edge HPC Environment for Data-Intensive
           Computing at Dresden Technical University
         - SGI Technology to Power Germany's National Supercomputing System
           Center at LRZ
      Ginny Babbitt