SGI Revolutionizes Low-Cost Immersive Visualization

Launch of SGI Graphics Cluster Series Opens New Doors in Visual Simulation



Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from Silicon Graphics, Inc.

    LILLE, France, ITEC 2001, Booth 420, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI), the world's leader in visualization technology,
 launched its new graphics cluster systems at the ITEC simulation trade show in
 Lille, France.
     The SGI Graphics Cluster(TM) high-performance visualization product family
 takes a revolutionary approach to providing low-cost, high-resolution,
 multichannel immersive visualization by combining the functionality of a
 single system with the economics and practicality of a component-based PC
 cluster.
    "SGI is excited to announce SGI Graphics Cluster systems for the visual
 simulation market," said Jan Silverman, vice president of marketing, Advanced
 Systems Division, SGI. "Its use of PCs and powerful, commercially available PC
 graphics combined with synchronization cards and software interfaces developed
 by SGI heralds a new age of economical scalable graphics solutions."
     The entire system is composed of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
 componentry, with innovative add-in boards and layered software to achieve
 superior functionality and performance while preserving low-cost and open
 upgrade paths. The system's graphics are powered by SGI(TM) VPro(TM) VR7
 graphics cards based on NVIDIA graphics technology.
     SGI Graphics Cluster systems will support advanced real-time
 3D requirements through a suite of innovative technology modules such as SGI
 DataSync(TM) which provides the global cluster data synchronization, and SGI
 ImageSync(TM) precision channel synchronization technology, which works in
 conjunction with the SGI VPro graphics card based on NVIDIA graphics to
 provide true video-locked multichannel synchronization. Bundled free of charge
 with certain configurations are robust software packages such as OpenGL
 Performer(TM), the world's leading scenegraph API, and SGI SynaptIQ(TM)
 software, which provides the ease, administration and functionality of a
 single-system image machine on a low-cost cluster.
     "SGI is one of the world's leaders in immersive visualization, and NVIDIA
 is thrilled to provide the graphics power behind this latest innovation," said
 Dan Vivioli, vice president of marketing, NVIDIA. "SGI is breaking new ground
 with technology modules like SGI ImageSync and we are thrilled to be a part of
 this new development."
     SGI set the bar in the advanced graphics marketplace when it introduced
 the Silicon Graphics(R) Onyx(R) family product line, the most advanced visual
 computing system available. The SGI(TM) Onyx(R) 3000 series delivers the most
 computer power and realism available today and continues to be the leader for
 high-fidelity imaging and large problem visualization. With the introduction
 of SGI Graphics Cluster, SGI continues to innovate by offering the most
 powerful, affordable multichannel visual solution. The combination of the two
 platforms, together with SGI's established worldwide support and Professional
 Services, delivers a wide array of price/performance options to the market.
 
     About the SGI Graphics Cluster Series
     The SGI Graphics Cluster series offers several models to meet diverse cost
 and performance requirements, with an entry-level price point of $9,500 per
 visual channel. The series supports both Linux(R) and Windows NT(R) as well as
 today's leading off-the-shelf graphics subsystems, API, and accelerators.
 Product deliveries are planned for summer 2001.
 
     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 are 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 www.sgi.com.
 
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, OpenGL and Onyx are registered trademarks, and
 SGI, the SGI logo, SGI Graphics Cluster, VPro, SGI DataSync, SGI ImageSync,
 OpenGL Performer and SynaptIQ are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux
 is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Windows NT is a registered
 trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are
 the property of their respective owners.
 
     The discussion in this news release of new products and technologies
 contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties,
 including the timely release of products to manufacturing, the availability of
 components from suppliers, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the
 acceptance of the technology identified in this release and the other risks
 detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports, including the report
 on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2000. Actual results may vary
 materially.
 
     CONTACT:  Gregory Slabodkin of SGI, 301-595-2618, or slabodkin@sgi.com or
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737.
 
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    LILLE, France, ITEC 2001, Booth 420, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News
 Release/ -- SGI (NYSE:   SGI), the world's leader in visualization technology,
 launched its new graphics cluster systems at the ITEC simulation trade show in
 Lille, France.
     The SGI Graphics Cluster(TM) high-performance visualization product family
 takes a revolutionary approach to providing low-cost, high-resolution,
 multichannel immersive visualization by combining the functionality of a
 single system with the economics and practicality of a component-based PC
 cluster.
    "SGI is excited to announce SGI Graphics Cluster systems for the visual
 simulation market," said Jan Silverman, vice president of marketing, Advanced
 Systems Division, SGI. "Its use of PCs and powerful, commercially available PC
 graphics combined with synchronization cards and software interfaces developed
 by SGI heralds a new age of economical scalable graphics solutions."
     The entire system is composed of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
 componentry, with innovative add-in boards and layered software to achieve
 superior functionality and performance while preserving low-cost and open
 upgrade paths. The system's graphics are powered by SGI(TM) VPro(TM) VR7
 graphics cards based on NVIDIA graphics technology.
     SGI Graphics Cluster systems will support advanced real-time
 3D requirements through a suite of innovative technology modules such as SGI
 DataSync(TM) which provides the global cluster data synchronization, and SGI
 ImageSync(TM) precision channel synchronization technology, which works in
 conjunction with the SGI VPro graphics card based on NVIDIA graphics to
 provide true video-locked multichannel synchronization. Bundled free of charge
 with certain configurations are robust software packages such as OpenGL
 Performer(TM), the world's leading scenegraph API, and SGI SynaptIQ(TM)
 software, which provides the ease, administration and functionality of a
 single-system image machine on a low-cost cluster.
     "SGI is one of the world's leaders in immersive visualization, and NVIDIA
 is thrilled to provide the graphics power behind this latest innovation," said
 Dan Vivioli, vice president of marketing, NVIDIA. "SGI is breaking new ground
 with technology modules like SGI ImageSync and we are thrilled to be a part of
 this new development."
     SGI set the bar in the advanced graphics marketplace when it introduced
 the Silicon Graphics(R) Onyx(R) family product line, the most advanced visual
 computing system available. The SGI(TM) Onyx(R) 3000 series delivers the most
 computer power and realism available today and continues to be the leader for
 high-fidelity imaging and large problem visualization. With the introduction
 of SGI Graphics Cluster, SGI continues to innovate by offering the most
 powerful, affordable multichannel visual solution. The combination of the two
 platforms, together with SGI's established worldwide support and Professional
 Services, delivers a wide array of price/performance options to the market.
 
     About the SGI Graphics Cluster Series
     The SGI Graphics Cluster series offers several models to meet diverse cost
 and performance requirements, with an entry-level price point of $9,500 per
 visual channel. The series supports both Linux(R) and Windows NT(R) as well as
 today's leading off-the-shelf graphics subsystems, API, and accelerators.
 Product deliveries are planned for summer 2001.
 
     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 are 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 www.sgi.com.
 
     NOTE:  Silicon Graphics, OpenGL and Onyx are registered trademarks, and
 SGI, the SGI logo, SGI Graphics Cluster, VPro, SGI DataSync, SGI ImageSync,
 OpenGL Performer and SynaptIQ are trademarks, of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux
 is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Windows NT is a registered
 trademark of Microsoft Corporation. All other trademarks mentioned herein are
 the property of their respective owners.
 
     The discussion in this news release of new products and technologies
 contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties,
 including the timely release of products to manufacturing, the availability of
 components from suppliers, the impact of competitive products and pricing, the
 acceptance of the technology identified in this release and the other risks
 detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports, including the report
 on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2000. Actual results may vary
 materially.
 
     CONTACT:  Gregory Slabodkin of SGI, 301-595-2618, or slabodkin@sgi.com or
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737.
 
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