SGI Digital Media Software Development Kit Now Available to Open Source Community

Popular Toolkit Enables Linux Users to Create Professional Digital

Media Applications



Jan 04, 2001, 00:00 ET from SGI

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI), a leading
 provider of solutions for the digital media industry, today announced that the
 source code for its digital media software development kit (dmSDK) for the
 Linux(R) operating environment is now available to the open source community.
 The dmSDK toolkit shortens the time required to create digital media
 applications across the SGI(TM) product line by allowing SGI software partners
 to write to a single application programming interface (API). The dmSDK source
 code is now available for download from SGI's open source developer Web site
 at www.sgi.com/developers/oss/.
     dmSDK provides Linux developers with a proven, cross-platform digital
 media API and is a key enabler allowing digital media developers to deliver
 applications for this increasing popular operating system. The cross-platform
 capability of dmSDK creates an easy bridge for current SGI developers wanting
 to leverage their IRIX(R) operating system software development to bring Linux
 products to market quickly.
     "The dual-platform capability of dmSDK is a very positive step toward our
 ability to develop applications that are IRIX and Linux cross-platform
 capable," said Pierre Bouchard, director of Product Development, Discreet.
     "Software companies are able to easily have similar applications running
 on IRIX and Linux because dmSDK provides a common interface," said
 Andy Hendrickson, director of Systems Development, Industrial Light & Magic.
 "That ability allows companies to more quickly and thoroughly take advantage
 of new features in hardware as they're introduced."
     The dmSDK source code release demonstrates SGI's continuing commitment to
 the open source community and to providing hardware and software technologies
 relevant to graphics and digital media developers. Related open source
 projects from SGI include Open Inventor(TM), an industry-standard toolkit for
 high-level 3D graphics, and the OpenGL(R) Sample Implementation, a reference
 codebase used as the basis for most vendors OpenGL graphics drivers. SGI will
 continue working with open source developers to strengthen the graphics and
 digital media capabilities of Linux.
     dmSDK has been adopted by the Khronos Special Interest Group (SIG) as the
 basis for the digital media component of the proposed OpenML(TM) standard,
 together with OpenGL for the graphics component. OpenML will enable
 application developers to easily integrate audio, video and graphics content
 across a wide range of platforms.
 
     About Khronos SIG
     With the rapid changes in media technology and market demands, common
 specifications are essential to create interoperability among platforms,
 hardware devices and software applications. The previous lack of integration
 of multivendor software and hardware products has proven to be an obstruction
 to the acceptance of computer-based digital tools for professional content
 creation, and the formation of the Khronos SIG marked a dedicated move by its
 member companies to create and support the desired integration. The Khronos
 SIG standard, OpenML, will enable the portability of software applications and
 is projected to increase the marketplace for professional authoring software
 and supporting hardware devices.
     The Khronos SIG expects that adoption of OpenML will be widespread
 throughout the media industry in the next two years.
 
     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 complex data problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
 offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  IRIX and OpenGL are registered trademarks, and Open Inventor,
 OpenML, SGI and the SGI logo 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.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Pistacchio of SGI, 650-933-5683, or pistacchio@sgi.com, or
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737
 
 

SOURCE SGI
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI), a leading
 provider of solutions for the digital media industry, today announced that the
 source code for its digital media software development kit (dmSDK) for the
 Linux(R) operating environment is now available to the open source community.
 The dmSDK toolkit shortens the time required to create digital media
 applications across the SGI(TM) product line by allowing SGI software partners
 to write to a single application programming interface (API). The dmSDK source
 code is now available for download from SGI's open source developer Web site
 at www.sgi.com/developers/oss/.
     dmSDK provides Linux developers with a proven, cross-platform digital
 media API and is a key enabler allowing digital media developers to deliver
 applications for this increasing popular operating system. The cross-platform
 capability of dmSDK creates an easy bridge for current SGI developers wanting
 to leverage their IRIX(R) operating system software development to bring Linux
 products to market quickly.
     "The dual-platform capability of dmSDK is a very positive step toward our
 ability to develop applications that are IRIX and Linux cross-platform
 capable," said Pierre Bouchard, director of Product Development, Discreet.
     "Software companies are able to easily have similar applications running
 on IRIX and Linux because dmSDK provides a common interface," said
 Andy Hendrickson, director of Systems Development, Industrial Light & Magic.
 "That ability allows companies to more quickly and thoroughly take advantage
 of new features in hardware as they're introduced."
     The dmSDK source code release demonstrates SGI's continuing commitment to
 the open source community and to providing hardware and software technologies
 relevant to graphics and digital media developers. Related open source
 projects from SGI include Open Inventor(TM), an industry-standard toolkit for
 high-level 3D graphics, and the OpenGL(R) Sample Implementation, a reference
 codebase used as the basis for most vendors OpenGL graphics drivers. SGI will
 continue working with open source developers to strengthen the graphics and
 digital media capabilities of Linux.
     dmSDK has been adopted by the Khronos Special Interest Group (SIG) as the
 basis for the digital media component of the proposed OpenML(TM) standard,
 together with OpenGL for the graphics component. OpenML will enable
 application developers to easily integrate audio, video and graphics content
 across a wide range of platforms.
 
     About Khronos SIG
     With the rapid changes in media technology and market demands, common
 specifications are essential to create interoperability among platforms,
 hardware devices and software applications. The previous lack of integration
 of multivendor software and hardware products has proven to be an obstruction
 to the acceptance of computer-based digital tools for professional content
 creation, and the formation of the Khronos SIG marked a dedicated move by its
 member companies to create and support the desired integration. The Khronos
 SIG standard, OpenML, will enable the portability of software applications and
 is projected to increase the marketplace for professional authoring software
 and supporting hardware devices.
     The Khronos SIG expects that adoption of OpenML will be widespread
 throughout the media industry in the next two years.
 
     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 complex data problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
 offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com.
     NOTE:  IRIX and OpenGL are registered trademarks, and Open Inventor,
 OpenML, SGI and the SGI logo 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.
 
     CONTACT:  Lisa Pistacchio of SGI, 650-933-5683, or pistacchio@sgi.com, or
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737
 
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