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SGI Introduces New Software Products to Enhance Manageability, Scale and Performance of SGI Hardware


New SGI® Management Center for Integrated, End-to-end System Management and ProPack™ 7 for the Highest Levels of Linux® System Performance

FREMONT, Calif. — May 27, 2010 — SGI (NASDAQ: SGI), a global leader in HPC and data center solutions, today announced immediate availability of SGI Management Center (SMC) and SGI® ProPackTM 7. SMC is the comprehensive control center and central interface for system management of SGI platforms that provides a single point of management across individual servers to racks to entire SGI systems. SGI ProPack 7 is the latest version of SGI's suite of tools and libraries that enable industry-leading application performance on standard Linux® distributions. SGI software products are designed and built on open standards supporting Linux distributions from Red Hat® and Novell®. SGI also integrates and certifies leading third-party software tools to provide best-in-class open software stacks for customers' most demanding workloads.

"SGI is extending its leadership in technical computing with SGI Management Center and ProPack 7," said Christian Tanasescu, vice president of software engineering at SGI. "With these releases, we continue to deliver record-breaking application performance while providing easy management of complex technical computing systems, all in a single, open software environment."

SMC includes a rich graphical user interface (GUI) that provides a single view of system health, server status, performance metrics and software images. Display options include dashboards and a broad set of metrics thumbnails to allow users to evaluate the health of their entire system at a glance. SMC is also a bare metal, high-speed provisioning engine that incorporates a highly configurable image management and versioning system. It provides full remote server control using interfaces such as SGI® Roamer®, Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM). It is designed to be a complete system to allow system administrators significant flexibility in configuring systems to local needs. SMC interfaces directly with Altair PBS Professional to provide workload driven dynamic provisioning.

"Altair and SGI have extensively coordinated to ensure that SGI Management Center and Altair PBS Professional work together to streamline user workflow and optimize system resources," said Bill Nitzberg, CTO of PBS Works at Altair Engineering. "This integration is a tremendous value for technical computing customers running on SGI systems. Altair HyperWorks customers, who demand maximum performance when running compute intensive CAE simulation applications, will realize great benefits."

SGI ProPack 7 enables industry-leading application performance on standard Linux distributions. It leverages the next generation of SGI's low latency Message Passing Toolkit (MPI), a MPI-2 compliant MPI library, to provide scalability to 10,000s of processors. ProPack 7 introduces MPI PerfBoost, which allows applications written for other MPI implementations such as Intel® MPI, MPICH and Platform MPI (HP-MPI), to take advantage of the performance and scalability of MPI at runtime without recompiling. ProPack 7 also introduces the SGI Unified Parallel C (UPC) compiler.

ProPack 7 includes tools for IO acceleration, optimizing data placement, high-speed solvers and hard real-time support, all in a single software package. SGI's current world performance records in SPEC CPU2006 integer rate with SGI® Altix® UV and SPECmpiL on SGI® Altix® ICE are powered by ProPack 7.

"Major ProPack 7 feature enhancements, including communication, memory management and I/O capabilities, make a real difference to engineers seeking to cut time-to-solution and enhance their ability to analyze and understand ever-growing computer-based simulation requirements," said Doug Neill, VP Product Development at MSC Software Corporation. "Today's release shows that our long history of working with SGI to leverage the greatest possible performance from hardware architecture, system software and MSC applications continues to deliver benefits to our joint customers."

Availability and Pricing
SGI Management Center is available immediately for SGI® Altix UV, Altix® XE, Octane® III, Rackable™ and CloudRack® systems. Altix ICE support will be available later this year. SGI ProPack 7 is available immediately on all SGI systems except Origin® 400. For more information, visit www.sgi.com/software.

About SGI
SGI is a global leader in large-scale clustered computing, high performance storage, HPC and data center enablement and services. SGI is focused on helping customers solve their most demanding business and technology challenges. Visit www.sgi.com for more information.

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