SGI System Will Make the Ohio Supercomputer Center a World Leader In Production Cluster Computing

Jan 26, 2001, 00:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today
 announced that it will install the company's first production cluster based on
 Intel(R) Itanium(TM) processors at the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC). The
 146-processor system will provide the Ohio research and education community
 with the world's largest system using the new Itanium architecture. Part of
 the cluster will be devoted to the National Computational Grid Project.
     "SGI is committed to bringing out the best, most powerful Itanium
 architecture-based solutions to the high-performance computing marketplace. We
 are delighted to continue our relationship with OSC to improve the performance
 and functionality of Linux clusters," said Jan Silverman, vice president,
 Advanced Systems, SGI.
     OSC and SGI have a long history of working together on cluster technology.
 The relationship includes development of system software, applications
 software and support infrastructure concepts that enable true production
 cluster computing (PCC). SGI and OSC have been working on code testing and
 porting on the Itanium architecture using a small test cluster that has been
 installed at OSC since September 2000. Some of the results of this work were
 showcased at SuperComputing 2000 in Dallas.
     "Our partnership with SGI has allowed us to stay at the forefront of
 supercomputing," said Al Stutz, OSC director. "The installation of the Itanium
 processor-based cluster will provide the state of Ohio with a world-class
 research computing platform. We are pleased that this extends the working
 relationship among Myricom, OSC and SGI. The new Myricom2000 interconnect will
 allow us to get much higher sustained performance from our MPI jobs."
     The new cluster will replace the existing cluster of 32 SGI(TM) 1400L
 servers, each with four Intel Pentium(R) III Xeon(TM) processors at 500 MHz .
 To help it decide who will receive the processors from the original cluster,
 OSC will call for proposals from the Ohio academic community. OSC will assist
 faculty members in building smaller clusters in their own research labs. The
 systems will be provided with one-year hardware and software maintenance.
     To encourage the spread of PCC in Ohio, OSC has developed a program called
 Cluster Ohio. The project provides statewide software licenses for compilers,
 debugging, math science libraries and performance tools at no cost to Ohio
 faculty. Ohio's research community will be able to access the new Itanium
 processor-based cluster through OARnet, a division of OSC. OARnet is the
 state's high-performance network providing Internet connectivity to more than
 a million people in the state of Ohio. The new PCC system will comprise
 73 dual-processor servers with the Itanium architecture that will be
 interconnected with Myrinet2000(TM) hardware. Each server will have two
 Itanium processors at 733 MHz, 2MB secondary cache per CPU, 4GB of SDRAM
 memory and 36GB of disk space.
     About the Ohio Supercomputer Center
     For more than a decade, OSC has been Ohio's flagship center for high-
 performance computing and networking. OSC's goal is nothing less than to make
 Ohio the education and technology state of the future. Networking and high-
 performance computing are the center's core divisions, with education and
 technology policy initiatives rounding out the organization. OSC 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. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
 offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at
     About Myricom
     Myricom, Inc., is a California corporation incorporated in 1994 with eight
 founding employees and now has 38 employees. Myricom supplies both standard
 Myrinet products for clusters and LANs and specialized, high-speed computing
 and communication components supplied to OEM and military-system companies.
 Headquartered in Arcadia, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is
 located on the Web at
     This news release includes forward-looking statements regarding the future
 relationship between SGI and OSC that are subject to risks and uncertainties
 that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in
 such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include the integration of
 certain SGI(TM) products into the Ohio Supercomputer Center environment, the
 acceptance of the Linux(R) operating system and related products by markets
 and customers and the ability of SGI to manage a complex set of engineering,
 marketing and distribution relationships. Other risks are detailed in SGI's
 current reports on Form 10-Q and Form 10-K filed with the Securities and
 Exchange Commission (
     NOTE:  SGI and the SGI logo are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux
 is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Intel and Pentium are registered
 trademarks and Itanium and Xeon are trademarks of Intel Corporation. Myrinet
 and Myrinet2000 are trademarks of Myricom, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned
 herein are the property of their respective owners.
     CONTACT:  Susan Tussy of SGI, 650-933-6496, or