xwave Developing Network-Based Helicopter Simulation System Based on SGI Graphics Cluster Technology

PC-IG Solution to Help Canadian Forces Assess Upgrades to Griffon Helicopter



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

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today announced that xwave, an Aliant company, has selected
 the new SGI Graphics Cluster(TM) high-performance visualization cluster series
 to provide Canada's Tactical Aviation Mission System Simulation (TAMSS) with a
 high-resolution three-channel visualization environment to better define
 requirements for new helicopter systems.
     TAMSS, managed by Defence R&D Canada (DRDC), an agency of the Department
 of National Defence (DND), is a simulation-based acquisition system designed
 to help the Canadian Forces identify and evaluate potential electronic warfare
 technology upgrades to the CH146 Griffon helicopter. As TAMSS prime
 contractor, xwave will network five government and industry simulation
 facilities throughout North America using a wide area network.
     "The key objective of Defence R&D Canada is to ensure that the Canadian
 Forces of the future remain technologically prepared and relevant. By working
 in partnership with industry, Defence R&D Canada has the opportunity to
 maximize its core capabilities, strengthen Canada's defence technology base
 and collaborate with allied nations. The TAMSS project is a prime example of
 how shared science and technology expertise and innovation is a win-win
 situation for all," said Dr. John Leggat, CEO of DRDC and ADM (science and
 technology), DND.
     Built to allow for the interaction among humans, hardware and the virtual
 environment, TAMSS maximizes the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
 components in order to minimize program risk and new development. The system's
 Network Tactical Simulators, based on the Griffon cockpit, have 160-degree to
 180-degree fields of view and are powered by the SGI Graphics Cluster series,
 a PC cluster architecture entirely composed of COTS components with innovative
 add-in boards and layered software for superior functionality and performance.
     "TAMSS is a great example of how government and industry are working
 together to leverage commercial off-the-shelf technology," said
 Ranald McGillis, vice president, Central Business Unit, xwave. "Teaming with
 SGI has allowed us to leverage the very latest PC-based graphics cluster
 technology resulting in a cost-effective and flexible approach to
 high-performance visualization without the expense of high-end proprietary
 graphics solutions."
     The SGI Graphics Cluster series supports demanding real-time 3D
 applications through a suite of innovative features such as SGI ImageSync(TM)
 precision channel synchronization technology and integrated software such as
 the multiprocess OpenGL Performer(TM) real-time graphics API to increase
 performance and realism and SGI(TM) Advanced Cluster Environment to simplify
 Linux(R) OS-based cluster administration. These features are bundled into a
 low-cost, IA-32 system capable of driving multiple channels of high-resolution
 display in a cluster environment.
 
     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 a variety of standard PC operating systems
 as well as today's leading off-the-shelf graphic subsystems, application
 programming interfaces and accelerators. Product deliveries are planned for
 summer 2001.
 
     About DRDC
     DRDC operates a national network of five Defence Research Establishments
 with an annual budget of $170 million. In providing leading-edge science and
 technology services, DRDC works in close cooperation with the private sector
 to respond to the needs of the Canadian Forces. DRDC employs more than
 1,000 people and generates millions of dollars in export sales for Canada. For
 further information, please visit www.drdc-rddc.dnd.ca.
 
     About xwave
     xwave, an Aliant company, delivers complete IT services to clients through
 three service lines:  systems integration and software engineering,
 infrastructure services and product fulfillment. These areas offer clients a
 broad delivery capability to plan, design, build and operate IT solutions that
 span both corporate and operational systems and to provide their
 infrastructure needs. According to International Data Corporation, xwave is
 one of Canada's largest and fastest growing IT services firms, with more than
 $330 million in revenues and 2,400 people at offices in St. John's, Halifax,
 Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary,
 Edmonton, Dallas, New England and now, Dublin. More information can be found
 at www.xwave.com.
 
     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 www.sgi.com.
 
     NOTE:  OpenGL is a registered trademark and SGI, the SGI logo, SGI
 Graphics Cluster, SGI ImageSync and OpenGL Performer are trademarks of Silicon
 Graphics, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linux Torvalds. 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,
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737; or Darell Fowlie of
 xwave, 877-332-4605, or darell.fowlie@xwave.com.
 
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SOURCE Silicon Graphics, Inc.
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 SGI (NYSE:   SGI) today announced that xwave, an Aliant company, has selected
 the new SGI Graphics Cluster(TM) high-performance visualization cluster series
 to provide Canada's Tactical Aviation Mission System Simulation (TAMSS) with a
 high-resolution three-channel visualization environment to better define
 requirements for new helicopter systems.
     TAMSS, managed by Defence R&D Canada (DRDC), an agency of the Department
 of National Defence (DND), is a simulation-based acquisition system designed
 to help the Canadian Forces identify and evaluate potential electronic warfare
 technology upgrades to the CH146 Griffon helicopter. As TAMSS prime
 contractor, xwave will network five government and industry simulation
 facilities throughout North America using a wide area network.
     "The key objective of Defence R&D Canada is to ensure that the Canadian
 Forces of the future remain technologically prepared and relevant. By working
 in partnership with industry, Defence R&D Canada has the opportunity to
 maximize its core capabilities, strengthen Canada's defence technology base
 and collaborate with allied nations. The TAMSS project is a prime example of
 how shared science and technology expertise and innovation is a win-win
 situation for all," said Dr. John Leggat, CEO of DRDC and ADM (science and
 technology), DND.
     Built to allow for the interaction among humans, hardware and the virtual
 environment, TAMSS maximizes the use of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS)
 components in order to minimize program risk and new development. The system's
 Network Tactical Simulators, based on the Griffon cockpit, have 160-degree to
 180-degree fields of view and are powered by the SGI Graphics Cluster series,
 a PC cluster architecture entirely composed of COTS components with innovative
 add-in boards and layered software for superior functionality and performance.
     "TAMSS is a great example of how government and industry are working
 together to leverage commercial off-the-shelf technology," said
 Ranald McGillis, vice president, Central Business Unit, xwave. "Teaming with
 SGI has allowed us to leverage the very latest PC-based graphics cluster
 technology resulting in a cost-effective and flexible approach to
 high-performance visualization without the expense of high-end proprietary
 graphics solutions."
     The SGI Graphics Cluster series supports demanding real-time 3D
 applications through a suite of innovative features such as SGI ImageSync(TM)
 precision channel synchronization technology and integrated software such as
 the multiprocess OpenGL Performer(TM) real-time graphics API to increase
 performance and realism and SGI(TM) Advanced Cluster Environment to simplify
 Linux(R) OS-based cluster administration. These features are bundled into a
 low-cost, IA-32 system capable of driving multiple channels of high-resolution
 display in a cluster environment.
 
     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 a variety of standard PC operating systems
 as well as today's leading off-the-shelf graphic subsystems, application
 programming interfaces and accelerators. Product deliveries are planned for
 summer 2001.
 
     About DRDC
     DRDC operates a national network of five Defence Research Establishments
 with an annual budget of $170 million. In providing leading-edge science and
 technology services, DRDC works in close cooperation with the private sector
 to respond to the needs of the Canadian Forces. DRDC employs more than
 1,000 people and generates millions of dollars in export sales for Canada. For
 further information, please visit www.drdc-rddc.dnd.ca.
 
     About xwave
     xwave, an Aliant company, delivers complete IT services to clients through
 three service lines:  systems integration and software engineering,
 infrastructure services and product fulfillment. These areas offer clients a
 broad delivery capability to plan, design, build and operate IT solutions that
 span both corporate and operational systems and to provide their
 infrastructure needs. According to International Data Corporation, xwave is
 one of Canada's largest and fastest growing IT services firms, with more than
 $330 million in revenues and 2,400 people at offices in St. John's, Halifax,
 Moncton, Saint John, Fredericton, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary,
 Edmonton, Dallas, New England and now, Dublin. More information can be found
 at www.xwave.com.
 
     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 www.sgi.com.
 
     NOTE:  OpenGL is a registered trademark and SGI, the SGI logo, SGI
 Graphics Cluster, SGI ImageSync and OpenGL Performer are trademarks of Silicon
 Graphics, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linux Torvalds. 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,
 SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737; or Darell Fowlie of
 xwave, 877-332-4605, or darell.fowlie@xwave.com.
 
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