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

SGI Packs the Power of Supercomputing Into a Single Blade

via PRNewswire

MOUNTAIN VIEW , Calif., March 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Silicon Graphics(OTC: SGID) today unveiled a ground breaking solution that packs the power of dozens of supercomputer nodes into a single blade by leveraging the inherent parallelism of the industry's most powerful Field-Programmable Gate Array(FPGA) technology. The new SGI(R) RASC(TM) RC100 computation blade, built with dual Xilinx Virtex(TM) 4 FPGAs, can accelerate the performance of many HPC applications by orders of magnitude over conventional systems at a far lower cost and much smaller footprint.

Based on SGI's groundbreaking RASC (Reconfigurable Application-Specific Computing) technology, the new RC100 blade is designed for customers whose applications spend most of their time working on a set of specific routines or algorithms. By accelerating those routines, RASC technology can dramatically improve the performance of the overall application.

Designed for use with award-winning SGI(R) Altix(R) servers, SGI RASCRC100 blade can be programmed at the customer's site to accelerat emission-critical, high-performance computing (HPC) applications in oil and gas exploration, defense and intelligence, bioinformatics, medical imaging, and broadcast media.

"With certain codes that our researchers run, application performance often boils down to efficiently executing a relatively small set of algorithms again and again," said Warren J. Gross, Assistant Professor, Department ofElectrical and Computer Engineering, McGill University in Montreal . "SGI's RASC RC100 Blade solution offers a compelling option for accelerating those very types of algorithms. With SGI RASC, we can also fully leverage the Altix platform's shared-memory architecture, which is crucial for working with large databases."

"FPGA technology offers significant computation, I/0 and memory bandwidth advantages over traditional CPU-only solutions," said Ron Renwick , manager, configurable computing, SGI. "HPC users now can take advantage of an FPGA solution built on the award-winning SGI Altix platform that has revolutionized 64-bit Linux computing. With the RC100 blade, the true power of SGI Altix and Xilinx Virtex 4 FPGA technology can be laser-focused on solving a large set of algorithmic-intensive applications-all resulting in tremendous cost benefits to SGI customers."

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