Silicon Graphics lands a $40M Department of Defence contract

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Silicon Graphics Inc. said Tuesday it signed a $40 million contract with the Department of Defense for compute and storage services, along with options for service and support.

Sunnyvale-based Silicon Graphics (NASDAQ:SGIC) said the systems will be installed at defense research and development sites throughout the United States over the next several years.

Locations include the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Air Force Research Laboratory, Arnold Engineering Development Center, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center.

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Updated: Dreamworks back to using Silicon Graphics

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Update: I’ve just had an email from Cerelink Digital Media Group with some clarification. Apparently, while they are using NMCAC resource to explore ‘cloud computing’ and commercial provisioning, Dreamworks will not be using Encanto as part of this. Instead Cerelink DMG will be building out compute clusters for Dreamworks based on HP blades. Interesting – I’ve emailed Cerelink and asked them for some more information, which I’ll post up here when I have it.


Truly. After their brief affair with HP, Dreamworks have gone back to using SGI hardware. Although not in the way you might think ….

A while ago Silicon Graphics install a big Altix ICE system at the New Mexico Computing Applications Center. The machine was nicknamed Encanto, and currently has 14,336 Xeon processor cores and 28TB of memory.

Encanto is housed at Intel’s facility in Rio Rancho. Encanto is one of (if the not the) world’s largest non-government machines, and in fact has been funded by a unique mix of private-public money. This gives some flexibility on how it’s used – at the moment, The University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and New Mexico Tech all have first say on jobs running on the box. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory, which are also located in New Mexico, are also partners in the Encanto system, and so also get access.

It seems Dreamworks have been working an IT company called Cerelink Digital Media Group, who are setting up access and reselling compute time on Encanto.

A bit roundabout, but Dreamworks are indeed back on SGI kit. Perhaps more importantly, this sort of deal is just going to be the tip of the iceberg. As we move forward, more and more organisations are going to be renting time on their large machines and clusters, ensuring that they’re generating revenue and operating most efficiently round the clock.

Sun’s Darkstar project is the first direct from a vendor to commercialise this sort of activity, and again – we’ll be seeing everyone moving to this model in the future.

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UK’s Institute of Cancer Research and Silicon Graphics Establish Long-Term Alliance to Design and Outfit World-Class Network Biology Lab

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 17 — As part of a multi-year collaboration, Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) (Nasdaq: SGIC) today announced it will provide the high-productivity solutions needed to outfit a new world-class cancer research facility in the United Kingdom.

Silicon Graphics has been selected to equip, over the next five or more years, an initiative in integrated network biology at London’s renowned The Institute of Cancer Research. Expected to open in spring 2009, the initiative in integrated network biology at The Institute will arm a team of cancer research pioneers with advanced compute, storage and visualization solutions built, implemented and optimized by Silicon Graphics.

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Time lapse supercomputer installation

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I mentioned in a previous post the press release covering the Silicon Graphics Altix installed at the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

Well, SGI have put up a great video, showing the timelapse installation that took only 3 hours. The entire system was powered up in a day – madness!

Slide on over to http://www.sgi.com/company_info/newsroom/press_releases/2009/february/ichec_video.html and check it out.

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Excellent article from HPCWire analysing SGI’s financial results

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I can highly recommend you head on over to HPCWire and read their article, Mind the GAAP, which features an in-depth deconstruction of SGI’s financial results, and an interview with Silicon Graphics CFO Greg Wood.

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