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February 10, 2009
Silicon Graphics Ultra Large Shared Memory Capability enables new algorithms and boosts productivity for critical applications
SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 10 -- Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) is in a category all by itself when it comes to massive globally shared main memory and globally addressable memory on SGI Altix 4700 systems. With numerous installations in the 4 TB range, and a number more in the 8 TB range, the groundbreaking scalability of SGI systems extends to 21 TB of globally addressable main memory at customer sites. This is over five times the size of memory that other vendors can offer today. The system is designed to accommodate 128 terabytes of globally shared memory under the control of a single instance of the Linux operating system! The system may also be partitioned among multiple instances of Linux and provide globally addressable shared memory among OS instances via SGI's unique NUMAlink interconnect technology.
Large global shared memory saves time: time-to-results, time-to-solution and time-to-innovation. It significantly simplifies application development and debugging for all multi-threaded applications but is mandatory for several categories of applications including memory-resident data base applications with uses in Internet datacenters and transaction processing, as well as those based on "graph theory," an important area of mathematics with uses in defense and homeland security applications, multi-disciplinary science, and data assimilation.
"There are applications emerging in the market that require extremely large shared memory: one such application area is graph theory," said Dr. Eng Lim Goh, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Silicon Graphics, Inc. "In addition, the study of complicated networks and relationships between objects in business or scientific computing require the ability to put the entire database or model into memory to analyze and/or compute. Some of these applications demand an SGI Altix system, which is the only server that offers sufficiently large shared memory capability to achieve such large scale endeavors."
The power of SGI's largest global shared memory and globally addressable memory capabilities has been adopted by a number of strategic customers for their projects, including:
"Intel has a successful track record delivering highly reliable and scalable Itanium processors enabling mission critical, data intensive solutions," said Susan Tauzer, director of mission critical platform marketing at Intel Corporation. "SGI's Altix HPC system based on the Intel Itanium architecture delivers an innovative tera-scale computing solution for scientific research and business analytics."
About Silicon Graphics, Inc.
Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) (NASDAQ: SGIC), is a leader in high-performance computing. SGI delivers a complete range of high-performance server, visualization, and storage solutions along with industry-leading professional services and support that enable its customers to overcome the challenges of complex data-intensive workflows and accelerate breakthrough discoveries, innovation and information transformation. SGI solutions help customers solve their computing challenges whether it's enhancing the quality of life through drug research, designing and manufacturing safer and more efficient cars and airplanes, studying global climate, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or helping enterprises manage large data. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and can be found on the Web at www.sgi.com.
Source: Silicon Graphics, Inc.
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