SGI, SUSE Announce OEM Alliance, Development Agreement
SGI to Deploy SUSE Linux on SGI Altix 3000 Servers; SUSE Joins SGI in Scaling Linux to 128 Processors
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. and OAKLAND, Calif.
August 25, 2003
SGI (NYSE: SGI) and SUSE Linux today announced plans to extend Linux 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.
Available in October, SGI will bundle SUSE Linux Enterprise Sever 8 on SGI® Altix(tm) 3000 servers and superclusters. SUSE Linux will provide support for the unique 64-processor single-node scaling capabilities of the SGI Altix 3000 platform. SUSE will also provide 3rd-level support to SGI customers in a seamless support agreement with SGI.
The companies also announced that SUSE and SGI will work on co-development efforts, including SGI's program to scale Linux to 128 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 have the ability to deliver large-scale systems - with nodes from 8 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 partnership as it will enable Oracle customers on that platform to avail themselves of Oracle's support for Linux," said Dave Dargo, vice president 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."
"The partnership of SGI and SUSE will drive the adoption of high-performance Linux systems, and creates further distinctions between symmetric multiprocessing systems and NUMA-based shared memory architectures," said Stacey Quandt, independent industry analyst.
Not only will the companies continue to expand the capabilities and reach of SUSE Linux, the new offering 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 other infrastructure software. Ideal for a broad range of markets - from bio-informatics to automotive design - 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 3700 supercluster has been recognized as the first Linux cluster that scales up to 64 processors within each node and the first cluster ever to allow global shared-memory access across nodes. Inspired by the success of the SGI Altix family and the powerful combination of standard Linux on 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.
"SUSEsupport 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 to collaborate going forward," 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."
August 5, 2003 SGI announced plans to extend the Altix platform to encompass a record 128 processors within a single instance of Linux. See the press release entitled "SGI Leads Effort to Scale Linux to 128 Processors in a Single-System Configuration" on www.sgi.com/newsroom.
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 will 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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