MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and OAKLAND, Calif. (August 25, 2003)--SGI (NYSE: SGI) and SuSE Linux today announced plans to extend the Linux® OS to new levels of scalability and performance--offering, for the first time, a fully supported 64-processor system running a fully supported, enterprise-grade Linux operating system.
Expected to be available in October, SGI will bundle SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 on SGI® Altix™ 3000 servers and superclusters. SuSE Linux will support the unique 64-processor single-node scaling capabilities of the SGI Altix 3000 platform. SuSE will also provide third-level customer support to SGI customers in a seamless support agreement with SGI.
The companies also announced that SGI and SuSE will work on co-development efforts, including SGI's program to scale Linux to128 processors, which the companies anticipate will be available next year.
While other hardware vendors and Linux distributions support only small systems and partitions running Linux, SGI and SuSE can deliver large-scale systems--with nodes from 4 to 64 and soon to 128 processors--capable of addressing high-performance computing and technical database requirements. This collaboration opens doors for further expansion of standard Linux in the marketplace.
"Oracle welcomes SGI and SuSE's alliance, because it will enable Oracle customers on that platform to avail themselves of Oracle's support for Linux," said Dave Dargo, vice president of Platform Partners, Linux and Performance, Oracle Corp. "SGI servers, coupled with solutions based on Oracle Database and SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, will give customers increased choice for their enterprise Linux applications."
Not only will the companies continue to expand the capabilities and reach of SuSE Linux, but the new offering also broadens the market opportunities for both SGI and SuSE. Together the companies will develop and deliver an offering for customers whose technical or scientific applications interact with additional large-scale databases and enterprise infrastructure software. Ideal for a broad range of markets--from bio-informatics to automotive design and production--the combined offering provides industry-leading computing power, bandwidth and database performance.
"SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8, certified for the industry's key hardware and software, will enable Altix customers to leverage the inherent security and stability of Linux," said Uwe Heine, chief alliance officer, SuSE Linux. "Together, SuSE and SGI can deliver high-performance Linux systems capable of handling the unique system load demands of scalable integer processing, throughput and memory."
The SGI Altix 3000 family of servers and superclusters combines SGI® supercomputing architecture with Intel® Itanium® 2 processors and the Linux operating system. Since its introduction, the SGI® Altix™ supercluster has been recognized as the first Linux cluster that scales up to 64 processors within each node and the first cluster to allow global shared-memory access across nodes. Inspired by the success of the SGI Altix family and the powerful combination of standard Linux and Intel® processors, more than 60 high-performance manufacturing, science, energy and environmental applications have been ported by their commercial developers to the 64-bit Linux environment, more than two-thirds of which have been certified and optimized for the platform.
"SuSE's support of advanced Linux features, such as scalability, the XFS filesystem, security and native 64-bit environments provide SGI and SuSE with a wealth of opportunities for collaboration," said Dave Parry, senior vice president and general manager, Server and Platform Group, SGI. "As a highly respected and experienced provider of open-source solutions, SuSE shares SGI's vision of a broadly scalable and robust Linux environment for technical and scientific computing."
On August 5, SGI announced plans to extend the Altix platform to encompass a record 128 processors within a single instance of Linux. See the press release titled "SGI Leads Effort to Scale Linux to 128 Processors in a Single-System Configuration" on www.sgi.com/newsroom.
SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 is expected to be available on Altix systems from SGI and SuSE in October 2003. SGI Altix 3000 servers and superclusters supporting 64-processor nodes, in configurations up to 128 Intel Itanium 2 processors, are available today from SGI. For customers demanding even larger Altix superclusters, SGI expects to support configurations of 256 processors in September and 512 processors in October 2003. Additional Altix system technical and availability information is posted on www.sgi.com/servers/altix.
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