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Silicon Graphics to harness Linux power

New Delhi, Feb. 11: Silicon Graphics Systems India today launched a high-performance computing system based on Linux software using Intel’s Itanium processors to tap the oil, automobile and entertainment sectors in India.

SGI’s Altix TM 3000 family servers promise to offer solutions for oil exploration and crash simulations. It has already bagged a major contract with Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and is in advanced stages of negotiations with Reliance Petroleum.

The company is also in talks with the Sahara Group which is planning to expand its broadband capabilities. Company sources said, “It will be used to enhance the digital imagery and to develop high performance animations.”

The product can also be used to undertake analyses of earthquake and volcanic eruptions.

“It opens up a whole new set of opportunities for both users and developers. It has also brought to an end any doubts that sceptics may have had about the limitations of the scalability of Linux,” said Raj Mathur, founder and co-coordinator of India Linux User Group.

The company claimed that the SGI Altix 3000 server could undertake complex job geometries and complete workflows in memory due to its unique feature of global shared memory across clustered nodes.

“Now for the first time, developers can advance beyond any perceived limits of Linux to tackle their most data-intensive problems, with high performance 64 bit solutions on massive scalable, big memory systems,” said Prasad V Medury, managing director of SGI India.

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