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The SGI Newsletter        July 2014   
SGI® VizServer®

Give your remote users a move up
with Cloud-based 3D visualization services

From slow data transfers and loading times to the difficulties of providing workstations for all remote users, your job gets more difficult every day. Leveraging the Cloud offers a solution to many of the challenges of enabling access and collaboration with remote 3D visualization applications.

SGI® VizServer® with NICE DCV software delivers efficient and optimized remote access to graphic-intensive, off-the-shelf 3D applications. It's the first software product on the market to allow sharing of a single physical GPU among multiple Windows® and Linux® sessions — while maintaining full OpenGL® application acceleration and workstation–class performance.

Download the white paper, and find out how to reduce infrastructure costs and increase your IT team's agility by leveraging Cloud computing technologies. Or for more information regarding the benefits of SGI VizServer to both IT and end users, contact your SGI rep today.

When is an Archive more than just an Archive?

Active Archive AllianceIn an analog world, an archive is where information is put to rest. It goes on the shelf and there it stays, gathering dust. But in a digital world, all data is potentially valuable and needs to be rapidly available, protected and easy to manage. This is particularly important as more and more companies are seeking to extract added value from their legacy data, whether by monetizing it through repurposing to other uses or by gaining business intelligence from Big Data analytics.

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iVEC: Using Supercomputing to find answers in Research, Education & Industrial Communities
In the world of Supercomputing, users have new ideas and new challenges, every day. iVEC is helping the research, education and industrial communities in Western Australia to find answers to these challenges through their use of SGI technology and their collaborative relationship with SGI and our team of engineers.

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment
Launches SGI Supercomputer

SGI® ICE™ X Systems to Accelerate Research and Scientific Modelling for UK Defense Organisation

UK Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has concluded a complete acceptance of three SGI ICE X systems. AWE manufactures and maintains warheads for the UK's nuclear deterrent, Trident. This encompasses the entire life cycle of nuclear warheads, from initial concept, assessment and design through component manufacture and assembly, in-service support, decommissioning and then disposal.

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty prohibits any test that produces any nuclear yield underground, underwater, in the atmosphere or in space. AWE must therefore continually develop methods to verify the safety and reliability of nuclear warheads through a science-based program.

SGI Achieves Top 4 out of 5
Most Efficient Supercomputers on TOP500 List

SGI® ICE™ X enables customers to maximize results with reduced operational costs

SGI recently announced that its ICE X supercomputer platform garnered 4 of the top 5 most efficient supercomputer rankings for standard x86-based systems, including the #1 position, as reported on the newly released TOP500 List. As reported on the latest TOP500 List, these four energy efficient systems are Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), UK's Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE), both Spruce A and Spruce B installations, and Germany's T-Systems. The latest edition of the bi-annual list, reporting on the world's most powerful commercially available computer systems, highlights that SGI ICE X systems can achieve 20 to 40+% higher performance efficiency vs. IBM, Bull, HP and Cray systems.

Top 500The best-in-class efficiency of SGI ICE X as demonstrated by the TOP500 List helps customers achieve their goals without the performance compromise of less efficient systems. SGI customers such as leading commercial, academic and research institutions are continually pushing the boundaries of computational research, but within the constraints of today's power budget realities.

SGI Launches a New Website and Blog:
A Bold, New Look Reflecting Our Strength In HPC

SGI has recently unveiled a new and exciting corporate website and blog. The current site had not seen major changes in quite some time, and a fresh new look has been long overdue. The new and improved site design features a high-tech inspired chrome logo and updated messaging that showcases SGI's leadership in High Performance Computing — which is stronger than ever. Our new graphics and content convey how SGI continues to push the envelope to create some of the world's fastest supercomputers used by leading organizations around the world.

SGI New Website & BlogYou may also notice how we are advancing in areas like data analytics, where SGI has shipped some of the world's largest Hadoop clusters. And you will see how in HPC we strive to reliably and cost-effectively enable our customers to compute and store vast amounts of data. We will continually update the site to give you the latest information on our hardware and software solutions — all designed to speed your time to value and time to discovery.

We hope you agree that this new look and enhanced messaging better represents our rich heritage of innovating and delivering both powerful and trusted technology.

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Partner Spotlight:

ComnetCo, Inc.

Company Overview
Founded in 1995, ComnetCo, Inc., has established a strong reputation as a Federal and Commercial high performance computing (HPC) solutions provider by establishing a proven track record of technical competence in a wide range of applications. Headquartered in Huntington, New York, this small business firm is supplying HPC systems ranging in size, up to 16,000 cores, to some of the most prestigious academic and research institutions in the United States.

ComnetCo Inc.ComnetCo provides integration services for US-based Commercial and Federal entities, with a full-spectrum professional services offering that includes expertise in compute, storage, networking, and Big Data project requirements. The company counts the NY Stock Exchange installation as one of their great initial successes, where they installed an innovative HPC/Visualization system that enabled mapping of real-time trading data onto a virtual model of the exchange. For IT professionals who support research computing, Big Data, and HPC workflows and want a reliable source for HPC asset acquisition and integration support, ComnetCo is a company worth pursuing.

A Trusted Partnership
ComnetCo has been a trusted SGI channel partner since their incorporation in 1995. They offer exclusive SGI solutions and have an extensive understanding of SGI's products and technologies, along with how best to integrate SGI products into a customer's IT infrastructure to best meet their diverse project requirements.

Expertise with the SGI compute and storage products makes ComnetCo the go-to trusted advisor for architecting HPC, Technical Computing, Petascale Storage, and Big Data solutions. This leading Integrator of Technology can configure a solution that includes scale-up shared memory or scale-out distributed memory servers, such as the SGI® UV™ and the SGI® ICE™ X products, or scale-out storage and Big Data storage solutions, ranging from Lustre to SGI® DMF and SGI® OmniStor™ products.

"SGI has always been a leader in supplying computational capability to the technical computing market. This is why we have partnered with SGI over the past 19 years. In that time we have never been disappointed in the levels of support we received as well as the quality of delivered product," remarks Ken Howard, President, ComnetCo, Inc.

A Clear Focus on the Future

With an unwavering commitment to value and customer satisfaction, ComnetCo is making investments in technical expertise in widely-recognized industry growth areas, such as HPC, Knowledge Discovery for Big Data, data acquisition and analysis, medical imaging, chemistry and life sciences simulations, and graph theory. On the leading edge of IT for nearly two decades, and employing a thorough analysis of each customer's unique project needs, ComnetCo solutions empower its customers to maximize productivity, efficiency, and cost savings.

To learn more about ComnetCo visit their website at

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