Silicon Graphics: still crazy after all these years?

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In 1982 a first class stamp cost 20 cents, the San Francisco 49ers won the Super Bowl and the unemployment rate was 9.7 percent when Jim Clark (far left) quit as a Stanford engineering professor to develop glitzy workstations at the startup called Silicon Graphics.
On Monday, October 1, the company Clark built will celebrate its 25th anniversary at an evening reception at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View.
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(In case you’re not aware, the Computer History Museum is SGI’s old data centre)

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New Brazilian University Purchases Largest Shared-Memory Supercomputer in Latin America

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NEW YORK, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Storage Decisions Booth 402 — To speed cutting-edge scientific research and attract top-tier professors and researchers, Brazil’s Universidade Federal do ABC (UFABC) purchased in May a high-performance compute and storage system from SGI . The SGI(R) Altix(R) is the very first HPC system that the brand new university has acquired for their Supercomputing Center, and will be used to run data intensive and computationally intensive applications in nanoscience, materials science, engineering, chemistry and physics.
Founded in 2005 and opening its doors one year ago, UFABC is located in the Sao Paulo industrial belt and is focused on basic sciences and technology. The university is divided into three Centers: the Center for Natural Sciences, the Engineering Center, and the Mathematics and Computational Sciences Center. All three will access the compute power of the SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 system with 272GB RAM, backed by 30TB of SGI InfiniteStorage.
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SGI InfiniteStorage NEXIS Family Delivers High-Performance and Scalability With Enterprise-Class Ease of Management

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NEW YORK, Sept. 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Storage Decisions Booth 402 — To address explosive data growth plaguing businesses, government and research institutions, SGI today unveiled the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage NEXIS NAS family focused on making high-performance storage technology easier to use.
At the heart of the SGI InfiniteStorage NEXIS NAS family is SGI’s highly efficient XFS(R) file system, repurposed for NAS appliance simplicity, and SGI(R) InfiniteStorage Appliance Manager, a new graphical-user interface for optimizing storage resources, managing growth and allowing the set-up of base NAS configurations in less than 20 minutes.
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SEG 2007 Post-Convention Workshop: HPC in Seismic Imaging

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The SEG 2007 Post-Convention workshop “High Performance Computing in Seismic Imaging” will take place Sept. 28th from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
(Among the topics discussed will be) Technology directions — presentations will be from technology leaders in the high-performance computing industry. Presenters include Richard Kaufmann (HP High Performance Computing), Eng Lim Goh (SGI CTO) and Garth Gibson (Panasas CTO).
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The World’s Biggest SANs

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We at Byte and Switch are on the trail of the world’s biggest SAN, and this article reveals our initial findings.
There are several reasons we’ve embarked on the search for gargantuan storage networks. For one, large SANs push the envelope. If I’m looking to expand a network of 5 Tbytes, what better way than to study the fate of those who’ve gone above the petabyte level? Big SAN stories furnish a glimpse into the outer limits of scaleability.
(Some interesting details are in this article, about the SGI SAN that supports Columbia, and the other large SGI SAN at LANL that supports ASCII Purple)
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