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SGI Unveils Blade Platform

SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- SGI (NASDAQ: SGIC) today unveiled SGI Altix® ICE, a next-generation platform that brings all the advantages of the company’s expertise in high-performance computing (HPC) to a tightly integrated, cool-running blade solution. Designed by SGI to close the growing gap between performance and user productivity, SGI® Altix® ICE 8200 is the first in a new line of bladed servers purpose-built to handle true HPC applications and large scaleout workloads.

Even as it accommodates larger and more varied workloads, SGI Altix ICE doesn’t force users to accept compromises in price/performance, power and space efficiency, reliability and manageability. In fact, many of the platform’s advantages – including price/performance – actually improve as customers add blades and racks. SGI Altix ICE enables large scale-out environments while minimizing their demands on the data center’s space and power. Its ultra-dense rack architecture delivers up to 40 percent more compute performance per floor tile than competing blades. A single SGI Altix ICE 8200 rack can be powered by as many as 512 Intel® Xeon® processor cores and deliver 6 TFLOPS of performance.

Around the world, SGI is seeing strong customer interest in the new platform. SGI Altix ICE systems have already been installed at a number of customer sites, including the University of Exeter in England and General Atomics in San Diego.

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