SGI OpenGL Performer 2.4 Revolutionizes Linux Simulation

Latest Release of Simulation's Leading API Offers Unprecedented Functionality

And Cross-Platform Interoperability

Nov 27, 2000, 00:00 ET from Silicon Graphics, Inc.

    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
     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
     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
     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
     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.

SOURCE Silicon Graphics, Inc.