Supercomputing Enters a Renaissance Driven by a Demand for High Productivity, Declares SGI
Company to Demonstrate New High-Productivity Supercomputing Solutions at Supercomputing 2002
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (Nov. 11, 2002)--SGI (NYSE: SGI) today announced a differentiated strategy to meet the evolved needs of scientific and technical high-performance computing (HPC) users. This class of users is confronting escalating complexity from enormous data sources such as satellite scans, seismic monitoring, long-range global climate data and full-body medical scans. At the same time, users have a competitive necessity for improved productivity and increased collaboration. These evolved requirements are changing the way supercomputer systems are designed--a supercomputing renaissance in which the HPC market is coalescing around a more efficient, balanced system design. The result is a shift in the way HPC is defined from solely high-performance to include high-productivity computing. SGI ushers in this new era of supercomputing with a number of new product announcements over the coming weeks and months.
"The purpose of computing is insight, not numbers. SGI systems deliver to technical, scientific and creative users the benefits of deeper insights," said Bob Bishop, CEO of SGI. "This can only come from bringing the highest performance computation, enormous data handling and interactive visualization into a unified system. And SGI has plans to extend this technology further to new platforms."
A Supercomputing Industry Renaissance
"We are very impressed with the strategy SGI is putting in place," said Debra Goldfarb, group vice president, worldwide systems and servers, IDC. "The HPC industry is entering a new chapter in which economic conditions and fierce competition are forcing businesses to change the way they utilize their computing resources. Efficiently managing and using data in this highly competitive world is central to companies processing information and turning it into superior decisions. By providing a balanced approach to system design that combines innovative technology and a highly optimized development environment, SGI is clearly on the right track."
"While processors and disks have grown in capacity at Moore's Law rates, the size of data has grown twice as fast. The bottleneck is in the memory subsystem. The technology that interconnects these components on most systems is where latency problems are occurring," said Steve Miller, chief engineer, SGI. "SGI is focused on delivering a key enabling technology for productive HPC computing--the NUMAflex architecture. This interconnect technology binds together all the components of a system with ultrafast results." Miller is also a principal investigator on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) high-performance computing systems program.
According to Bishop, "SGI is involved in more large-scale data management and visualization projects than ever, transforming complex data into high-fidelity images in a way that takes one's breath away. No one else in the IT industry has dedicated themselves entirely to breaking through the bonds of linear, two-dimensional thinking. No one else has broken out into interactive, immersive, multidimensional space and time. Only SGI."
SGI's expanded HPC strategy addresses the four driving factors that are shaping this supercomputing renaissance.
SGI is meeting the challenge posed by this emerging renaissance by solutions geared for high productivity--more flexible, balanced hardware design; increased density, providing access to terascale data; and global collaboration. The company will debut its latest HPC products and solutions at the Supercomputing 2002 (SC2002) exhibition, in Baltimore, Md. (Booth #1521).
Featured products include a new model of the SGI® Origin® 3000 family, also announced today, and the upcoming system based on the Intel® Itanium® 2 processor running the Linux® operating system.
Additionally, the company will feature a number of presentations by SGI executives and prominent HPC user organizations in a 20-foot-wide SGI® Reality CenterTM facility immersive visualization facility powered by an SGI® Onyx® 3000 series supercomputer with InfiniteReality4TM graphics. Within this unique Reality Center environment, SGI will conduct immersive collaboration sessions, including wide-area link-ups to both European and U.S. locations. The presentations will detail breakthrough accomplishments in application areas such as energy, manufacturing, life sciences, and government and defense. Other booth demonstrations will address the following:
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