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SGI® Customers Named As Finalists In Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Awards


Top Universities Achieve Global Industry Recognition Using the SGI® Altix® Platform, Powered by Intel® Itanium Processors

FREMONT, Calif. — July 27, 2009 — SGI® (NASDAQ: SGI) today announced that two of its customers, the University of Warwick and Masaryk University, are finalists in the third annual Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Awards. These awards celebrate forward-looking organizations and their groundbreaking work developed on Intel® Itanium-based solutions.

Itanium processors are an important component of the SGI flagship Altix shared-memory systems used by the world's elite HPC research installations. Warwick and Masaryk use SGI Itanium-powered solutions, including the SGI Altix 450 and SGI Altix 3700 supercomputers, to advance new research and support mission-critical applications.

"We are thrilled that SGI customers, the University of Warwick and Masaryk University, have been honored as finalists for the Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Awards," said Mark Barrenechea, president and CEO of SGI. "Itanium processors are the cornerstone in the SGI Altix line of supercomputers because they offer compelling value in reliability, availability, serviceability and memory addressability."

The University of Warwick in the UK is a finalist in the category of Computationally Intensive Applications. Using an Itanium-based SGI Altix 3700/BX2 supercomputer, the University was able to greatly improve the computational approach to the Anderson model of localization, an important problem in quantum physics. Researchers from the University of Basel in Switzerland and the Braunschweig University of Technology in Germany were also involved in these large-scale numerical experiments, all of which were performed on the SGI Altix 3700 which features 56 Intel IA-64 Itanium processors.

Masaryk University, a finalist in the Mission-Critical Data Innovation category, is located in the Czech Republic. It developed a massive online information system that integrates 1,600 dynamic applications into a uniform Web environment used by more than 43,000 students, teachers and staff. Itanium-based SGI Altix 350/450 servers host these applications used for online enrollment, e-learning, plagiarism detection and to facilitate student fee processing for university services.

Winners of the Computationally Intensive Applications and Mission-Critical Data categories will be announced at the Innovation Awards celebration, held concurrently with the Intel Developer Forum, September 23rd, 2009 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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