SGI Breakthrough Technology Empowers Genome Center Research Around the World

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BOSTON, April 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BIO-IT WORLD CONFERENCE AND EXPO 2008, Booth 306/308 — As scientists seek to accelerate sequencing genomes of varied arrays of organisms from fish parasites to cancer cells in an effort to determine causes and cures of diseases that plague mankind, breakthrough technology from SGI is powering research in genome centers around the world. Leading institutions, including the Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix, Ariz., the Malaysia Genome Institute in Selangor and the China National Human Genome Center in Shanghai, have turned to SGI(R) high-performance computing and storage solutions to create an optimal workflow for faster time to discovery.

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SGI Technology Powers University of Hawaii’s Papaya Genome Sequencing Project

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BOSTON, April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — BIO-IT WORLD CONFERENCE AND EXPO 2008, Booth #306/308 — An International Papaya Genome Consortium led by University of Hawaii (UH) researchers has completed the Papaya Genome Sequencing Project and, from the start, researchers relied on technology from SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) to provide the processing power and speed required to run the assemblies. The papaya genome was sequenced using a whole genome shotgun approach running on the combination of an SGI(R) Altix(R) system, SGI(R) InfiniteStorage and Qube! scheduling software from PipelineFX(R). It has taken two years to construct the physical map and to sequence the 372 million base pairs. The disease-resistant “SunUp” papaya is now the first fruit — and the first transgenic crop — to be sequenced, helping to pave the way for international export of genetically modified fruits and vegetables.

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SGI Announces Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2008 Earnings Release and Earnings Call

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., April 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — SGI announced today that it plans to release its third quarter 2008 financial results after the market closes on Tuesday, May 6, 2008. The Company has scheduled a Webcast and conference call to discuss results on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. PDT.
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Sky Channel Leverages All-Digital On-Air Production and Asset Management System Powered By SGI Technology

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LAS VEGAS — NAB Booth SL4314 (April 2008)—Faced with a growing business broadcasting an average of 12 hours of live racing events daily and an aging 15,000-plus videotape library in six different formats, Sky Channel, in Sydney, Australia, made the decision to go digital by purchasing a media asset management and storage solution from SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC). The new digital infrastructure includes SGI® Altix® XE servers and an SGI® InfiniteStorage system, fully integrated into the heart of the station’s operations. Installation began in March 2007, and now that testing and training is complete, Sky Channel is due to go live in early April.

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Vanguard Animation Taps SGI Render Management Solution

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LAS VEGAS, NAB Show, April 14 — Vanguard Animation’s all computer-generated (CG) movie Space Chimps, distributed by 20th Century Fox and due to open in 2,500 theaters July 18, made all deadlines with ease because of technology from SGI and PipelineFX and the digital media expertise of SGI partner Seven Group. In August 2007, realizing their white box servers were not going to be able to handle their multi-gigabyte data file rendering, Vanguard purchased the SGI Render Management Solution to deliver the highest quality images in a timely fashion.

“We purchased the SGI systems for the really big shots, the really big sequences that required massive memory and very high throughput. With the Altix servers we were able to achieve those shots and sequences in a matter of hours rather than a matter of days,” said Tom Jacomb, Associate Producer, Space Chimps. “We did 1,720 shots total, and we were running about 3TB of rendering per night. Because of SGI’s contributions we were able to deliver on time and on budget.”

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