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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

NRL Leverages SGI Visualization and Storage Solutions

PR Newswire
via NewsEdge Corporation

ORLANDO, Fla. I/ITSEC 2005, Booth 101, Nov. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Silicon Graphics (OTC: SGID) today announced that the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington, D.C. has purchased SGI(R) visualization and SGI(R) InfiniteStorage solutions to help visualize, store and share data for critical applications, including immersive real-time visualization of satellite imagery, computational fluid dynamics, ocean and weather modeling, and space physics.

"NRL is the premier scientific research laboratory within the Department of Defense supporting scientists from various disciplines such as chemistry, computational fluid dynamics, biochemistry, space physics, and many others," said Thomas Stanley, director of defense and intelligence, SGI Federal. "The lab needed a visualization solution that was powerful enough and versatile enough to accommodate many different types of scientific applications. The Silicon Graphics Prism system is designed from the ground up to solve the most challenging visualization problems facing scientists and engineers."

A complete, advanced visualization system for Linux(R) and one of the largest Silicon Graphics Prism(TM) systems in the U.S. powered by 128 Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors was specifically designed to help technical professionals like those at NRL address some of the world's most critical problems. With the Silicon Graphics Prism, SGI has combined standards-based Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors and the Linux operating environment with SGI's world-renowned advanced graphics for unbeatable visual performance and shared-memory architecture.

One of the missions of the visualization laboratory at NRL is the development of new techniques, algorithms, and methodologies to cope with the very large datasets that are being created by the scientific community that NRL serves. In particular, the area of computational fluid dynamics and GIS image analysis research have yielded terabytes of data that researchers at NRL extract and analyze for important flow features buried within these huge datasets.

Using a Silicon Graphics Prism visualization system and SGI(R) InfiniteStorage technology, NRL has created a DoD-wide resource for researchers to visualize their complex data, store it and share it among multidisciplinary teams. This resource makes possible the kinds of scientific breakthroughs required to advance a broad range of scientific research, technology and advanced development directed toward maritime applications that are vital to conducting U.S. Navy and Marine Corps operations in the 21st century.

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