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

SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 Delivers Multi-Gigabyte Real-Time Video Data Streams

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via NewsEdge Corporation

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Silicon Graphics (OTC Bulletin Board: SGID) today introduced the SGI(R) InfiniteStorage 6700 system explicitly designed to deliver industry-leading throughput of streaming data in real time-up to 3 gigabytes per second (GBps) sustained, for read or write. Targeted at industries such as broadcast, 4K digital intermediate (DI), science and government industries, the SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 system's real- time isochronous architecture features 4Gbit Fibre Channel connectivity. The SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 is a new, next-level, high-performance version of the rich-media SGI InfiniteStorage RM660 introduced for broadcast and production in late 2004.

Even before its official debut at NAB 2006, the SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 was purchased by two long-time SGI customers for two very different applications:

-- NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. added 600TB of SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 storage capacity to its Columbia supercomputer deployment, and acquired the new 4Gb infrastructure to optimize data management with SGI(R) InfiniteStorage Shared Filesystem CXFS(TM). Rated No. 4 on the Top 500 list of the world's most powerful computers, NASA's 10,240-processor Columbia system, an SGI(R) Altix(R) shared-memory computer with Intel(R) Itanium(R) 2 processors, required additional storage capacity to accommodate the massive data management, access and retrieval demands of its broad user base. -- To accommodate the need for greater bandwidth performance prompted by the growing demand for 4K digital intermediates by the motion picture industry, Pacific Title & Art Studio purchased two SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 systems with 50TB storage. A leading film optical house since 1919, Pacific Title generates 8 to 16TB of data per day in 2K and 4K digital cinema mastering. The SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 systems, with real-time streams of 3 GBps, were selected to meet the needs of real-time 4K -- which generates data rates in excess of 850MBps -- as well as for the 4Gbit Fibre Channel architecture, which the facility plans to implement throughout its two locations in Hollywood, Calif.

Various industries will reap the benefits of the SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 system in many applications:


Designed to integrate easily into existing storage, the SGI InfiniteStorage 6700 can be configured as an ingest/playout server, a playout SAN, or a central repository serving nonlinear editing systems. The 4Gbit Fibre Channel connectivity and multi-gigabyte bandwidth enables broadcasters to manage, serve and store the massive amounts of data for digital and HD broadcast applications and collaborative production environments at never- before-seen speeds.

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