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ComputerWorld: SGI plans 64-bit overlay to Linux

Apr 04, 2000, 22:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Ribeiro)

"Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI) plans to develop an overlay to Linux that will enable the operating system to scale up to 64 Intel Corp. IA-64 processors in a multiprocessing environment."

"To implement 64-way multiprocessing using IA-64 technology, which offers a 64-bit addressing scheme, SGI will have to migrate to the Intel platform its ccNUMA shared-memory multiprocessing architecture, which is currently used in the company's high-end computers that run on MIPS Technologies Inc. processors and the proprietary Irix operating system."

"SGI's interest in Linux is reflected by its transfer of some of its key technologies — such as the source code of its OpenVault storage area network software and its journaled file system technology, XFS — to the Linux open-source community."

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