ORLANDO, Fla., I/ITSEC 2000, Booth 1252, Nov. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE: SGI) today announced the OpenGL Performer(TM) 2.4 application programming interface (API) upgrade for both IRIX(R) and Linux(R) operating systems. OpenGL Performer is a powerful API for creating real-time visual simulation and other interactive 3D graphics applications. The software provides sophisticated multiprocess and multichannel management, spanning the spectrum of complex graphics applications. Acting as a bridge between IRIX and Linux, OpenGL Performer provides true cross-platform functionality and investment protection for real-time 3D markets. The OpenGL Performer 2.4 release extends its industry-leading capabilities by adding a host of advanced features such as layered fog, anisotropic filtering, rotorwash and advanced performance-analysis tools and extends scalable performance across the entire graphics product line of SGI(TM) systems. And, as always, as part of the full release to help application developers, OpenGL Performer 2.4 includes source code for utilities and sample programs. In addition, this release marks the introduction of a Web-based source code repository where the OpenGL Performer development community can freely share modifications and updates to these sample programs. "Advanced feature sets, true cross-platform multiprocessing power and unsurpassed real-time performance are what make OpenGL Performer the industry-leading API," said Ben Passarelli, senior director, Advanced Systems Marketing, SGI. "The release of OpenGL Performer 2.4 continues SGI's dedication to bringing innovation and performance to the visual simulation industry." In addition to advanced functionality, the 2.4 version of OpenGL Performer is the first Linux release that contains a multithreaded version of the product, driving true multiprocess performance for OpenGL Performer and the many applications worldwide that run on it. In keeping with the nature of the Linux community, an evaluation version of the single-process OpenGL Performer 2.4 for Linux can be downloaded free of charge on the SGI Web site at www.sgi.com/software/performer. At I/ITSEC 2000, SGI is sponsoring a Friends of Performer User's Group meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 29 from 6-8:30 p.m. at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando. This event will offer users an opportunity to meet with the OpenGL Performer engineers directly and will include discussions on the new features and functionality in OpenGL Performer 2.4 as well as a presentation on the new OpenGL Shader(TM) software development kit. About SGI SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. The SGI line of visual computing systems is the world's choice for their high-performance, real-time 3D capabilities. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com. NOTE: OpenGL and IRIX are registered trademarks and SGI, the SGI logo, OpenGL Performer and OpenGL Shader are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners.
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