Photo Release -- SGI Announces Full Support for the Intel(R) Xeon(R) Phi(TM) Coprocessor Across All Server Lines

Photo Release -- SGI Announces Full Support for the Intel(R) Xeon(R) Phi(TM)
Coprocessor Across All Server Lines

Early Customers Pushing the Edge in Scientific Applications

SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 12, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- SGI (Nasdaq:SGI), the
trusted leader in technical computing, today announced support of the Intel®
Xeon® Phi™ coprocessor in fully managed and integrated solutions across its
entire server product line. By combining the power of Intel® Xeon® Phi™, which
offers over one Teraflop double-precision performance per coprocessor^1, with
SGI's leading server platforms, customers can now take advantage of dramatic
performance improvements for parallel workloads in an x86 programming model.
SGI has been an Intel® Xeon® Phi™ Validation Partner with early adoption of
the Intel® Xeon® Phi™ coprocessor on SGI® server platforms at NASA Ames,
COSMOS Consortium^2 and The Genome Analysis Centre (TGAC), who are driving
important advancements in scientific simulations and genomics.

Intel(R) Xeon(R) Phi(TM)
 SGI supports the Intel® Xeon®
 Phi™ coprocessor a fully managed
 and integrated solution available
 across SGI's entire server
 product line

A photo accompanying this release is available at

Professor Stephen Hawking said: "I am delighted that our new COSMOS
supercomputer from SGI contains the latest many-core technology from Intel®,
the Xeon® Phi™ coprocessors. With our powerful and flexible SGI UV 2000 we can
continue to focus on discovery, leading worldwide efforts to advance the
understanding of our Universe."

"Intel® Xeon® Phi™ running in SGI® UV™ 2000 gives us the computing capability
to run extremely complex models with a high degree of parallelism while
keeping it simple so that we can fix our attention on the cosmological data
rather than technology," says Professor Paul Shellard, COSMOS Director. "The
combination of scale, parallelism, massive memory and ease of use is why we
chose SGI UV with Intel® Xeon® Phi™."

Intel® Xeon® Phi™ is offered on the following platforms:

  *SGI® UV™ 2000, the "Big Brain Computer," with up to 4096 cores and 64TB of
    cache coherent main memory in a single-image system representing the most
    scalable and easy to manage Intel Xeon Phi system available on the market
  *SGI® UV™ 20, the power packed small sibling of the SGI UV 2000, ideal for
    development or remote office solutions, with nearly 2.5 Teraflops of
    compute, 1.5 TB of memory, 4 PCIe gen 3 slots and two internal I/O
    modules, all in a 2U package with four Intel® Xeon® E5-4600 processors.
  *SGI® Rackable™ twin-socket Intel® Xeon® servers tailored to meet your
    exact specifications for high-density, high I/O or high memory.
  *SGI® ICE™ X, the latest edition of SGI's award-winning high performance
    computing scale-out blade server.

Integrated and tested completely in SGI's manufacturing facility, all
solutions are available with SGI Management Center and Performance Suite
software as well as SGI InfiniteStorage™ to ensure immediate productivity for

"The SGI UV 2000 is a cache-coherent shared memory system just like your
workstation, except that it scales well beyond the industry scale-up limit of
eight sockets and Terabytes of memory. Now, when the sockets can be paired
with Intel® Xeon® Phi™ coprocessors, the combination provides in-memory
computing at an extreme scale," said Dr. Eng Lim Goh, CTO, SGI. "Customers
such as The Genome Analysis Centre and COSMOS can accelerate finding answers
to the most data-intensive challenges on a platform which can run many of the
software tools that scientists, developers and analysts are familiar with on
their Linux workstations or desktops."

For scale-out, scale-up and hybrid deployments, SGI provides everything needed
for a complete Intel® Xeon® Phi™ coprocessor solution including
factory-integrated hardware and software, "starter kits," worldwide support
and services, complemented by the subject matter know-how of fifty experts
across many application disciplines and fields of science. With SGI Management
Center Premium Edition, the Intel® Xeon® Phi™ coprocessor can be monitored and
managed using an interactive Graphical User Interface (GUI) that also manages
all the other system components.

"The most demanding customers in supercomputing like COSMOS and TGAC require
innovation, performance and programmability.SGI's supercomputing solutions
now meet these requirements with the inclusion of Intel® Xeon® Phi™ products",
stated Dr. Rajeeb Hazra, IAG Vice President and General Manager Technical
Computing Group, Intel. "SGI's solutions with Intel® Xeon® Phi™ products will
provide leading customers advancements in performance, scale and ease of use
in the many-core era with one proven programming paradigm."


The Intel® Xeon® Phi™ is available for order on the aforementioned SGI systems
now.General Availability is January 28th 2013.

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^1 Based on calculated theoretical peak double precision performance
capability for a single coprocessor.16 DP FLOPS/clock/core * 60 cores *
1.053GHz = 1.0108 TeraFlop/s.

^2 The COSMOS consortium, headed by Professor Hawking, is part of the UK DiRAC
HPC facility, funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council and
Department of Business, Innovation and Skills.Please direct enquiries to
Andrey Kaliazin, COSMOS system manager, or Professor Paul Shellard, Director.

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