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QUT Accelerates Research

SYDNEY -- Delivering the assurance of a fast, reliable and future-proof solution for a new era of scientific and computational research, SGI (NASDAQ:SGIC) today announced it has been selected to provide the high-performance computing
(HPC) infrastructure for Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In a contract won in conjunction with Intel, the SGI HPC solution will dramatically boost research productivity.

QUT selected a hybrid SGI supercomputing, cluster and storage solution to meet its need for a state-of-the-art, multi-processor system capable of acting as a tightly integrated computing resource -- yet flexible enough to serve multiple research disciplines.

The HPC solution will include a 96-core, 192GB SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 shared-memory supercomputer powered by Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 9000 series processors and a 112-core, 224GB SGI(R) Altix(R) XE1200 cluster powered by Quad-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) 5300 series processors, both supported by a high-performance 28TB SGI(R) InfiniteStorage solution.

According to Professor Ian Turner, co-director, Applied Mathematics and Advanced Computation Research Program at QUT and the lead researcher on the ARC LIEF grant bid for the new system (which was collaboratively submitted with Central Queensland University and the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation), QUT conducts a wide range of research involving large scale computation which requires significant HPC resources. Several new major research initiatives at QUT will appreciably increase computational demand.

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