SGI and Platform Computing Collaborate to Offer EDA-Ready Linux Technical Compute Farm to Rising EDA Linux Market

Special Promotional Offer Available April 1 to June 30, 2001



Mar 26, 2001, 00:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI) and
 Platform Computing Inc. today announced the availability of the SGI(TM)
 Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Technical Compute Farm for Linux(R), a
 complete solution designed to bring enhanced speed and power to the burgeoning
 EDA Linux operating system-based market. Platform LSF (Load Sharing Facility)
 software, an industry leader for batch job management, will be a key component
 of the offering. For a limited time, beginning April 1, the SGI EDA Technical
 Compute Farm for Linux will be offered at a special introductory pricing.
     The SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux provides performance in a
 compact and affordable package, high featuring a complete system of
 industry-leading hardware, software and support. The compute farm is based on
 the power-packed SGI(TM) 1100 server, featuring 32 1 GHz Pentium(R) III
 processors, the fastest Intel(R) processors available in an efficient
 dual-processor 1U form factor. The SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux
 includes a large 2GB memory per node and a Cisco(R) Catalyst(R) 3524-PWR XL
 Gigabit Ethernet switch, providing efficient job distribution and data access
 for all nodes. Also included are Red Hat(R) Linux 6.2 and SGI(TM) Advanced
 Cluster Environment (ACE) for simplified systems management. This is an ideal
 configuration to run today's complex EDA applications and, with LSF, is an
 ideal engine to run hundreds and thousands of design tests with outstanding
 throughput.
     The SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux is supported by the SGI EDA
 Integration Service for Linux, a comprehensive service solution designed to
 make Linux systems from SGI integrate seamlessly into your existing design
 environment and provide you with the fastest time to design productivity. This
 involves installation of the Advanced Cluster Environment software, assistance
 with installation of a third-party EDA software and installation of the LSF
 and revision control applications. The service will also ensure that the
 system works smoothly with third-party clients, servers and file servers.
     "We are seeing tremendous growth in demand for Linux solutions in the EDA
 marketplace," said Paul Chermak, vice president of manufacturing industry
 marketing for SGI. "The SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux delivers the
 huge economic advantages of Linux by lowering the cost of design throughput
 and reducing the time to design productivity."
     "SGI has embraced Linux to a degree unmatched by other traditional UNIX
 operating system vendors," added Phil Weaver, president and chief operating
 officer of Platform Computing. "It delivers comprehensive, cutting-edge
 solutions for Linux and is a solid contributor to the open-source community.
 Using Platform LSF to manage distributed resources, the SGI EDA Technical
 Compute Farm for Linux offers a total solution with very attractive
 price/performance characteristics."
     Application providers have embraced Linux as a formidable compute platform
 for EDA. "Responding to our customers' input, Synopsys became an early leader
 in making EDA applications available on Linux. Toward this effort, SGI has
 been a great partner, providing us with valuable assistance," explained
 Deirdre Hanford, senior vice president, Business and Market Development at
 Synopsys. "Since introducing a Linux version of our VCS Verilog simulator two
 years ago, we've seen strong demand for our verification solution on both
 Linux platforms and compute farms. With our 2000.11 release of the Synopsys
 synthesis suite, customers now have access to a complete portfolio of design
 tools, all available on Linux."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The list price for SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux solution
 bundle starts from $150,000 (U.S. list) for 32 CPUs. Starting from April 1 to
 June 30, 2001, EDA users can enjoy additional savings up to $23,200 (off the
 U.S. list price) per rack when purchasing an EDA Technical Compute Farm for
 Linux. For more information call 800-643-7395 or visit us on the Web at
 www.sgi.com/go/eda.
 
     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 to
 help solve the toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View,
 Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at
 www.sgi.com.
 
     About Platform Computing
     Platform Computing Inc. is a global leader in DRM solutions. Platform
 software, LSF Suite and SiteAssure Suite, enables some of the world's most
 creative companies to maximize the productivity potential of their people,
 computing resources and processes. Platform products give both technical and
 Internet environments control over their mission-critical hardware, software
 and network resources. With Platform solutions, customers are able to bridge
 the worlds of networks, systems and applications and realize higher
 availability and performance to achieve their business objectives.
     Founded in 1992, Platform has strategic relationships with Compaq, HP,
 IBM, SGI and Sun. For more information, please visit www.platform.com.
 
     NOTE:  SGI and the SGI logo are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Intel
 and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. UNIX is a registered trademark of The
 Open Group in the U.S. and other countries. Red Hat is a registered trademark
 of Red Hat, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned herien are the property of
 their respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  John Watson of SGI, 650-933-1652, or jwatson@corp.sgi.com; or
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737.
 
 

SOURCE SGI
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 26 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI) and
 Platform Computing Inc. today announced the availability of the SGI(TM)
 Electronic Design Automation (EDA) Technical Compute Farm for Linux(R), a
 complete solution designed to bring enhanced speed and power to the burgeoning
 EDA Linux operating system-based market. Platform LSF (Load Sharing Facility)
 software, an industry leader for batch job management, will be a key component
 of the offering. For a limited time, beginning April 1, the SGI EDA Technical
 Compute Farm for Linux will be offered at a special introductory pricing.
     The SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux provides performance in a
 compact and affordable package, high featuring a complete system of
 industry-leading hardware, software and support. The compute farm is based on
 the power-packed SGI(TM) 1100 server, featuring 32 1 GHz Pentium(R) III
 processors, the fastest Intel(R) processors available in an efficient
 dual-processor 1U form factor. The SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux
 includes a large 2GB memory per node and a Cisco(R) Catalyst(R) 3524-PWR XL
 Gigabit Ethernet switch, providing efficient job distribution and data access
 for all nodes. Also included are Red Hat(R) Linux 6.2 and SGI(TM) Advanced
 Cluster Environment (ACE) for simplified systems management. This is an ideal
 configuration to run today's complex EDA applications and, with LSF, is an
 ideal engine to run hundreds and thousands of design tests with outstanding
 throughput.
     The SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux is supported by the SGI EDA
 Integration Service for Linux, a comprehensive service solution designed to
 make Linux systems from SGI integrate seamlessly into your existing design
 environment and provide you with the fastest time to design productivity. This
 involves installation of the Advanced Cluster Environment software, assistance
 with installation of a third-party EDA software and installation of the LSF
 and revision control applications. The service will also ensure that the
 system works smoothly with third-party clients, servers and file servers.
     "We are seeing tremendous growth in demand for Linux solutions in the EDA
 marketplace," said Paul Chermak, vice president of manufacturing industry
 marketing for SGI. "The SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux delivers the
 huge economic advantages of Linux by lowering the cost of design throughput
 and reducing the time to design productivity."
     "SGI has embraced Linux to a degree unmatched by other traditional UNIX
 operating system vendors," added Phil Weaver, president and chief operating
 officer of Platform Computing. "It delivers comprehensive, cutting-edge
 solutions for Linux and is a solid contributor to the open-source community.
 Using Platform LSF to manage distributed resources, the SGI EDA Technical
 Compute Farm for Linux offers a total solution with very attractive
 price/performance characteristics."
     Application providers have embraced Linux as a formidable compute platform
 for EDA. "Responding to our customers' input, Synopsys became an early leader
 in making EDA applications available on Linux. Toward this effort, SGI has
 been a great partner, providing us with valuable assistance," explained
 Deirdre Hanford, senior vice president, Business and Market Development at
 Synopsys. "Since introducing a Linux version of our VCS Verilog simulator two
 years ago, we've seen strong demand for our verification solution on both
 Linux platforms and compute farms. With our 2000.11 release of the Synopsys
 synthesis suite, customers now have access to a complete portfolio of design
 tools, all available on Linux."
 
     Pricing and Availability
     The list price for SGI EDA Technical Compute Farm for Linux solution
 bundle starts from $150,000 (U.S. list) for 32 CPUs. Starting from April 1 to
 June 30, 2001, EDA users can enjoy additional savings up to $23,200 (off the
 U.S. list price) per rack when purchasing an EDA Technical Compute Farm for
 Linux. For more information call 800-643-7395 or visit us on the Web at
 www.sgi.com/go/eda.
 
     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 to
 help solve the toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View,
 Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at
 www.sgi.com.
 
     About Platform Computing
     Platform Computing Inc. is a global leader in DRM solutions. Platform
 software, LSF Suite and SiteAssure Suite, enables some of the world's most
 creative companies to maximize the productivity potential of their people,
 computing resources and processes. Platform products give both technical and
 Internet environments control over their mission-critical hardware, software
 and network resources. With Platform solutions, customers are able to bridge
 the worlds of networks, systems and applications and realize higher
 availability and performance to achieve their business objectives.
     Founded in 1992, Platform has strategic relationships with Compaq, HP,
 IBM, SGI and Sun. For more information, please visit www.platform.com.
 
     NOTE:  SGI and the SGI logo are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Intel
 and Pentium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. UNIX is a registered trademark of The
 Open Group in the U.S. and other countries. Red Hat is a registered trademark
 of Red Hat, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned herien are the property of
 their respective owners.
 
     CONTACT:  John Watson of SGI, 650-933-1652, or jwatson@corp.sgi.com; or
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737.
 
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