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Silicon Graphics to Bring Key Software Technology to Open Source Community

Mar 01, 1999, 00:59 (2 Talkback[s])


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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (March 1, 1999) -- Silicon Graphics, Inc. (NYSE:SGI) today announced that it is embracing the Open Source model of software development and will share key software innovations with the fast growing Open Source community. Known as a strong advocate for open technology, Silicon Graphics is committed to contributing technology from its core competencies in visualization and high-performance computing to the Open Source community to help solve the toughest computing problems. The company's Open Source strategy is initially focused on solutions for small servers for high-volume market areas.

"The Open Source software model is the future of UNIX(R) software development. This fast-developing community of talented and committed engineers is eager to work with higher levels of technology," said Kurt Akeley, vice president, chief scientist and co-founder, Silicon Graphics. "With Silicon Graphics' firm commitment to accelerate adoption of the Open Source model, the community will further extend its spectrum of highly innovative applications and solutions."

Silicon Graphics is currently building engineering teams to develop and support Open Source products. Throughout 1999, Silicon Graphics will migrate to the Open Source community key technology from its IRIX(R) operating system, the first UNIX operating system to support complete, integrated 64-bit and 32-bit environments. IRIX was also the first operating system to support advanced ccNUMA scalable features and the first to support advanced real-time and graphics features. The IRIX operating system includes state-of-the-art technology that enables increased system scalablity and performance, memory management, high-performance networking, system management and administration tools. Silicon Graphics is actively reviewing how to deploy these technologies into the Open Source community.

"Silicon Graphics and our customers are enthused about the powerful future of Open Source software," said John R. "Beau" Vrolyk, senior vice president, Computer Systems Business Unit, Silicon Graphics. "We have always pushed the envelope with our technical computing leadership and embrace the challenge to create innovative products for a wider community. By moving several key features to the Open Source software community, SGI will be able to provide its customers with optimal technology solutions while raising the innovation bar."

The company has a long history of involvement with the Open Source community on projects, including working to provide Linux(TM) on its Indy(R) line of workstations since 1996. In December 1998, the company joined Linux International and introduced support of Samba 2.0 for its Origin(TM) server line, enabling data consolidation and the world's fastest data sharing among Microsoft(R) Windows(R) and UNIX platform clients. More recently, on February 16, Silicon Graphics announced the release of GLX source code into the Open Source community thereby setting the stage for the acceleration of OpenGL(R) as the enabling foundation for 3D graphics on all flavors of UNIX and Linux.

Silicon Graphics is also currently working with universities to extend the capabilities of Linux on systems based on the MIPS(R) architecture. Most recently, the company is providing an Origin2000(TM) system to the Academic & Technical Computing Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Silicon Graphics, Inc. is a leading supplier of visual computing and high-performance systems. The company offers the broadest range of products in the industry -- from low-end desktop workstations to servers and high-end supercomputers. Key industries include communications, energy, entertainment, government, manufacturing and sciences. Silicon Graphics and its subsidiaries have offices throughout the world and corporate headquarters in Mountain View, California.


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