NEW YORK, NY, LinuxWorld Booth 459 (January 20, 2004)-Silicon Graphics (NYSE: SGI) today announced that the worldwide success of its acclaimed SGI® Altix(tm) family of servers and superclusters has proven that the Linux® OS is scalable and robust enough for the most demanding high-performance computing users. Only a year after its introduction at the 2003 LinuxWorld Conference & Expo-where it was named Best of Show-the SGI Altix family will return to LinuxWorld in New York City Jan. 20-23 with new midrange models, a host of 64-bit applications, record achievements in scalability and performance, and growing worldwide customer acceptance.
SGI will also debut the new SGI® Altix(tm) 350 server, which was introduced Jan. 12. SGI Altix 350 is the only midrange system purpose-built specifically for scientists, design engineers, researchers and other
technical computing users. LinuxWorld attendees can view the 64-bit Linux solution for technical database servers, departmental servers and throughput clusters at SGI's LinuxWorld booth, No. 459.
Since its launch a year ago, SGI Altix has defied industry expectations by becoming the first Linux system to commercially scale to 128 Intel® Itanium® 2 processors in a single system image-and thousands more via clustering- using the powerful SGI® NUMAflex(tm) global shared-memory architecture. The Altix architecture handles large data sets with ease, giving software developers an opportunity to provide 64-bit Linux applications to customers in manufacturing, oil and gas exploration, homeland security, earth and environmental sciences research, and life sciences.
"Only a year ago, the common wisdom held that Linux couldn't scale past
eight processors," said Dave Parry, senior vice president and general manager, Server and Platform Group, SGI, who will give a technical presentation on Extreme Linux at 2:45 p.m. Thursday. "Working closely with the Linux community, we have spent the past 12 months repeatedly shattering that misconception with the Altix family. Without doubt, Linux no longer is relegated to desktop systems or edge servers. Today it's a robust and field-proven 64-bit environment capable of tackling the world's toughest computing challenges."
Production-Quality Linux on Display at LinuxWorld At LinuxWorld 2004, SGI and its partners will spotlight Linux as a production-quality platform for high-performance and technical computing and database applications. A 64-processor SGI® Altix(tm) 3000 system will demonstrate computational fluid dynamics, computer-aided engineering, data mining applications, and database software from Sybase and Objectivity. Several Altix 350 servers also will be on display, running leading bioinformatics and chemistry applications, in addition to a rapid
installation demonstration of MySQL® database software. An eight-processor SGI Altix 350 system will feature Oracle® Database10g running on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.
"Oracle is pleased with SGI's delivery of industry-standard, Linux OS-based systems that give customers the scalability they need for mission-critical applications," said Dave Dargo, vice president of the Linux Program Office, Oracle Corp. "This, combined with Oracle's leading technology and support for the Linux operating system, offers a compelling solution for enterprise customers. Oracle customers running on Altix with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server can benefit from Oracle's OS-level, Unbreakable Linux support, the industry's most comprehensive technical support offering."
SGI will also demonstrate the horizontal scalability of its Altix 350 systems. The new mid-range SGI Altix 350 can scale to hundreds of nodes over standard gigabit Ethernet. In addition, via a new agreement announced today, SGI and Voltaire intend to easily interconnect Altix 350 systems with price-performance leading InfiniBand, and to enable easy interoperability with previously installed 32-bit clusters (See related announcement, "SGI and Voltaire Bring High-Speed InfiniBand Clusters to Altix family"). A total of five Altix 350 nodes in two cluster configurations will be interconnected via Voltaire InfiniBand solutions in the SGI booth, and two other servers will be interconnected in the Voltaire Booth 861. SGI Altix systems will also be on display in the Intel, SuSE Linux, MySQL and Wild Open Source booths.
The SGI booth will also exhibit complete, production-ready storage solutions for data-intensive environments. The entire SGI® InfiniteStorage product line for storage consolidation, data lifecycle management, data sharing and protection is now available for SGI Altix environments. SGI will demonstrate instant data access among heterogeneous platforms, as well as the performance and scalability features of Open Source XFS® and SGI® InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS(tm) software.
Also today, SGI announced an initiative to expand its visualization portfolio into the Linux market by leveraging its expertise in Linux scalability. Key to the initiative is the new SGI® Visualization Developer
Tool Kit for Linux, designed to accelerate the pace of innovation for visualization on Linux. At LinuxWorld, SGI will demonstrate the heart of its developer tool kit offering-a scalable, multi-CPU, multi-GPU Silicon
Graphics® visualization system for Linux built around SGI® NUMAflex(tm) shared memory architecture (See related announcement, "SGI Launches Initiative to Dramatically Improve Linux Visualization Capabilities").
Scalability and Performance Lead to Global Success The SGI Altix family is the most scalable Linux OS-based computer line in history, available this spring in system configurations of up to 128 processors per node and up to 1,024 processors in shared-memory superclusters. In customer implementations, the SGI Altix line has scaled even further. In November 2003, NASA announced the installation of the world's first 512-processor Linux supercomputer running under a single Linux kernel at NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif. And through the
SGI NUMAflex architecture, multiple SGI Altix 3000 nodes can scale to
thousands of processors.
In tests against competing systems conducted throughout 2003, SGI Altix configurations frequently dominated in a broad range of performance metrics, such as floating-point performance, memory bandwidth, I/O capability, and shared-memory parallel workloads. And in September, the IDC Balanced Ratings Report identified SGI systems, including Altix, as the most powerful computers in five system categories. In July, Altix was named Product of the Year by the editors of Linux Journal, and in October, Altix earned the magazine's Reader's Choice award for "Favorite Server." In November, SGI announced that Altix was voted Most Innovative Overall HPC Technology by HPCwire subscribers.
Customers and developers in a broad range of technical computing markets and in every region worldwide have embraced the Altix line. Nearly 100 applications have been certified and optimized for the 64-bit Altix platform, with leading software solutions helping to drive acceptance of Linux as a high-performance operating environment.
"We run cutting-edge atmospheric models of our own design that push the limits of computing resources. We need speed and memory," said Dr. John Yatteau, Project Scientist in Harvard University's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences. "The SGI Altix system's shared-memory architecture has permitted us to run our codes without major redesign, and the system has provided us with the performance boost we needed. We can tackle problems now that were impractical before."
Scalable SGI Altix 3000 systems are available today in server configurations of 4 to 64 processors, and supercluster configurations of 4 to 512 processors. For customers demanding even larger Altix configurations, SGI plans to support single Altix nodes of 128 processors and superclusters of 1,024 processors in May 2004 and larger over time.
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