SGI to Install Leading-Edge HPC Environment for Data-Intensive Computing at Dresden Technical University

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Dresden
University of Technology (TUD) has signed a contract with Silicon Graphics
(NYSE: SGI) to provide a high-performance computing environment representing
an investment of over $18 million, which will give TUD a distinction as Center
for Scientific Computing. In two project phases to be completed within twelve
months, a state-of-the-art, innovative and flexibly usable infrastructure with
computational power of more than a dozen teraflops will be implemented. This
will enable investigators in scientific areas such as physics, material
sciences, engineering, bioinformatics and nanotechnology to find answers to
new types of challenging problems.
As central component, SGI will install a large SGI(R) Altix(R) shared-memory system containing 6,000 Gigabytes of contiguously usable main memory and more than 1,500 processor cores based on the most recent Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 dual-core technology.
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x86 Altixes planned

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WITH THE RECENT CUTS to Itanium’s speed and marketshare, you have to wonder what is going to happen to SGI. Fear not brave purple helmeted Altix lovers, there is a backup plan, and it looks to be better than the mainstream one.
SGI has plans for Whitefield based Altixes, so if you want a 2000+ CPU x86 box to play Half-Life 2 on, you can buy one in a couple of years. Plans are well underway for these beasts, and I think they will do wonders for SGI’s sales. No one has the scalability of SGI’s boxes, and no architecture has the software base of x86. Put them together, and it looks like you have a surefire winner.
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Virginia Tech Speeds Scientific Discovery with SGI Technology

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To safely develop new drugs from organic compounds and to develop more stable aircraft and satellites by harnessing the compute power of shared-memory architecture from Silicon Graphics (NYSE: SGI), the Office of Information Technology and the Office of Research as well as the College of Science and the Mathematics Department at Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA, recently selected SGI(R) compute and visualization technology. The SGI systems will be used as centralized resources available to all faculty and researchers, and to easily port a host of scientific codes to the open systems Linux(R) OS.
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Project lets Army dig deep into underground data

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Soldiers combing the mountains of Afghanistan or the deserts of Iraq for subterranean stashes of weapons of mass destruction–or even the elusive Osama bin Laden–may soon have help.
Silicon Graphics Inc., or SGI, plans to announce Monday that it will be collaborating with the U.S. Army Battle Command Battle Laboratory in Fort Huachuca, Ariz., over the next several months on what it has dubbed a Subterranean Target Identification program.
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Scientists in Silicon Valley Reach Back 2,000 Years to Bring Egyptian Child Mummy Back to Life

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Scientists, doctors and computer experts in Silicon Valley teamed up to generate the most detailed, high definition 3D models ever created from scanning an ancient mummy. Examining a two-thousand-year-old child mummy from San Jose’s Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum and Planetarium, scientists were able to generate 35 times more information than the recent King Tut mummy scans. These super high resolution images allowed researchers to “virtually unwrap” and remodel the child mummy without disturbing its delicately preserved form.
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