SGI Runs World's First TPC-H Benchmark on Linux

Achieves New TPC-H Record; Extends Dominance as Performance Leader

May 16, 2001, 01:00 ET from Silicon Graphics, Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI), a leader in
 high-performance multi-platform computing, today announced that it has set two
 new world records:  the first-ever TPC-H benchmark running the Linux(R)
 operating system and a new 100GB TPC-H performance record.
     "This TPC-H benchmark demonstrates that SGI is positioned as the leading
 vendor for reliable, high-performance Linux database server solutions," said
 Desh Urs, vice president, industry solutions, alliances and application
 engineering, SGI. "SGI made a strategic decision in 1999 to support the Linux
 OS on Intel architectures. The cornerstone of SGI's Linux strategy is the
 extension of our expertise with the IRIX operating system and databases to the
 Linux platform. Linux solutions complement our high-performance, high-quality
 SGI IRIX solutions."
     The 100GB TPC-H benchmark was run using a four-node SGI(TM) 1450 server
 with IBM DB2 Universal Database(R) EEE Version 7.2, Linux 2.4.3 and SGI
 ProPack 1.5, achieving a Composite Queries per-Hour rating of 2,733.8 and a
 price performance of $347. The system as tested will be available
 October 31, 2001. The benchmark results can be found on the TPC Web site at
     About the TPC-H Benchmark
     The TPC-H is a decision-support benchmark defined by the Transaction
 Processing Performance Council (TPC). The TPC-H benchmark consists of a suite
 of business-oriented ad hoc queries and concurrent data modifications. The
 queries and the data populating the database have been chosen to have broad,
 industry-wide relevance. This benchmark illustrates decision-support systems
 that examine large volumes of data, execute queries with a high degree of
 complexity and give answers to critical business questions.
     The performance metric reported by TPC-H is called the TPC-H Composite
 Query-per-Hour Performance metric and reflects multiple aspects of the
 capability of the system to process queries. These aspects include the
 selected database size against which the queries are executed, the query
 processing power when queries are submitted by a single stream and the query
 throughput when queries are submitted by multiple concurrent users. The TPC is
 located on the Web at
     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. A strong advocate for open technology, SGI is
 committed to contributing technology from its core competencies in
 visualization and high-performance computing to the open-source community.
 Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is
 located on the Web at
     NOTE:  IRIX is a registered trademark and SGI and the SGI logo are
 trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus
 Torvalds. DB2 Universal Database is a registered trademark of IBM Corporation.
 TPC is a trademark of the Transaction Processing Performance Council. Intel is
 a registered trademark of Intel Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned
 herein are the property of their respective owners.
     CONTACT:  Gregory Slabodkin of SGI, 301-595-2618, or
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