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CNET News.com: SGI pins recovery hopes on new server

Jul 26, 2000, 21:02 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Beleaguered computer hardware maker SGI has introduced a bold new Unix server design, a product that's late but carries the company's best hopes yet for financial recovery."

"The new Origin 3000 server is the rallying cry for SGI's return to its roots: slick, high-powered computers that wow technical computing users. It took several years for the company to shed its grander ambitions, but analysts believe SGI will be more successful in this niche market than in trying to take on giants such as Sun Microsystems, IBM and Hewlett-Packard...."

"The Origin 3000 is the first SGI machine that will accommodate Intel's new Itanium chip, the first of a family of 64-bit CPUs called IA-64. And though IA-64 has been delayed again, SGI isn't complaining...."

"However, there are some limits to the SGI Itanium machine. For one thing, it will run Linux, and Linux won't work well beyond a 16-processor configuration, Silverman said. However, he added, more processors can be used as long as they run a separate instance of the operating system."

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