World’s Largest Windows Platform with Intel Xeon Architecture by SGI

SGI, a trusted leader in technical computing, today announced record-scaling certification and immediate availability of SGI® Altix® UV with Windows Server 2008 R2. This certification represents the largest and most powerful certified instance to date of Windows Server, and takes technical and data-intensive workloads to new levels of speed and scalability.

“Altix UV can now scale Windows Server technology to record levels,” said SGI CEO Mark J. Barrenechea. “Customers can deploy with confidence their mission-critical software on larger scale hardware platforms supported by Microsoft and SGI with Intel® Xeon&rg;-based processors. We are continuing our joint development work with Microsoft, and expect to scale Windows Server even further in the very near term.”

With Windows Server 2008 R2 availability on Altix UV, the world’s fastest and most scalable shared-memory computer, the entire catalog of Windows applications, including Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 for data warehousing and data mining tools built with Business Intelligence Development Studio, can now take advantage of the scalability of Altix UV. This solution allows users to expand analytics and simulation capabilities with the addressability of its large memory. As a result, larger quantities of data can be analyzed and more real-time business decisions made possible. Technical applications including MathWorks MATLAB and Wolfram Mathematica 8 also benefit from Altix UV’s large compute capability in a single and easily maintained instance of Windows Server.

“Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition on SGI Altix UV provides enterprises that run demanding, large-scale applications with enhanced capabilities that translate into meaningful business benefits,” said Mike Neil, general manager Windows Server at Microsoft. “The combination of SGI’s fast and scalable Altix UV and Windows Server 2008 R2 scalability raises the boundaries of application performance for our users to new heights.”

Certified running standard Windows Server 2008 R2, Altix UV 100, with 128 cores of Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series and 1 TB of memory, has twice the computing power of the HP ProLiant DL980 G7 Server series. Altix UV now supports demanding applications such as SQL Server Data Warehousing and Excel Services in Microsoft SharePoint 2010.

“We are enabling an entirely new class and generation of customers to solve complex challenges more rapidly and effectively than ever before,” said Rajeeb Hazra, general manager of High Performance Computing at Intel. “By combining the power of the Intel® Xeon® processor 7500 series with SGI’s high-performance Altix UV system and standard Windows programs, we can collectively address the growing demand for high speed and scalable technical computing.”


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