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CNET News.com: SGI chief hints at next steps in comeback

Jul 23, 1999, 15:19 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"SGI will provide an update to its recovery plan in two weeks time, detailing its Linux plans, possible partnership deals, and an overall product and services strategy for the Internet, according to chief executive Rick Belluzzo."

"The company will contribute work to beef up the Linux operating system so it supports SGI's ccNUMA architecture, SGI's take on a method for designing services that allows a manufacturer to cram hundreds of processors into one machine. The credibility of NUMA (non-uniform memory access) as a concept has risen in light of IBM's plans to acquire NUMA server maker Sequent, he added."

"SGI plans to introduce its new Intel-based servers in early August running both Linux and Microsoft Windows NT operating systems, the company has previously said. But according to Merrill Lynch analyst Steve Milunovich, 'SGI will lead with Linux but offer Windows NT as an add-on.'"

"'We think Linux is important,' Belluzzo said. 'We think it's the operating system of the Internet. The opportunity is to make Linux more powerful, which we intend to do.'

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