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SGI launches high-performance workstations and servers

The SGI machines, which deliver unparalleled system performance to creative and technical professionals running either Windows® or Linux® operating systems (OS), will be displayed in conjunction with SGI's new partner in the Kingdom, Networks for PC Services.

The SGI technology showcased at Saudi Computer 2001 will include the SGI 230, 330, 550 and 1200 workstation ranges, as well as Zx10 professional machines and SGI's award-winning flat-panel monitors. The primary benefits that the new range of SGI workstations bring to the Saudi market are: unrivaled graphics and system performance, intelligent system design, flexibility and expandability.

"The adoption of the Internet, and the increase in the size and scope of graphics and multimedia files used in business today, mean that Saudi organizations have an increasing need for graphics-intensive hardware," said Fadi Abi Akl, business development manager of workstations and Intel processor-based servers for SGI in the Middle East & North Africa.

He added, ""Following our workstation launch in the Kingdom, SGI's next initiative will be to introduce SGI's 110 and 1200 ranges of Internet servers, specifically designed to support demanding solutions including Internet infrastructure, Web serving, messaging and e-commerce."

"SGI is participating in Saudi Computer to give end-users in the Kingdom freedom of choice in today's Internet-based economy - they can choose the operating system that meets their business needs while receiving the highest levels of power and performance available today," Abi Akl concluded.

Networks for PC Services is a professional services organization, bringing world-class consultancy and support for IT infrastructure in the Kingdom.

"SGI is the world leader in high-end graphical computing, and we are witnessing an increased demand for SGI's technology and expertise in Saudi Arabia," noted Fawaz Al-Mahraj, Managing Director of Networks for PC Services. He continued, "Together with our local consultancy and support, we are able to provide clients with a total solution. Saudi Computer 2001 is the ideal opportunity to inform the Kingdom's IT users about the professional capabilities and benefits they will receive from our partnership."

Industry-leading Technology
The new SGI workstations on display at Saudi Computer 2001, including the Silicon Graphics® 230, Silicon Graphics® 330 and Silicon Graphics® 550, accelerate OpenGL® graphics functions such as hardware transform and lighting, texture mapping and anti-aliasing, allowing users to bring increased realism to 3D models. These features are essential in the professional Windows NT® market space, and are available for the first time on a workstation for Linux users. The new systems are based on Intel® Pentium® III and Pentium III XeonTM processors and have been certified for the Microsoft® Windows NT® 4.0 and Red Hat® Linux 6.1 operating systems. These workstations are on display within the Networks for PC Services stand at "Saudi Computer 2001."

SGI is also launching the new Silicon Graphics Zx10TM visual workstation with Wahoo TechnologyTM, powered by an Intel® Pentium® III 933 MHz processor. Real-world application benchmark performance confirms Silicon Graphics Zx10 status as the world's fastest Windows NT® OS-based workstation, and its blistering speed can also be seen first-hand at the Networks for PC Services stand.

Bringing Differentiated Graphics Performance to Windows NT Users
In keeping with its graphics heritage, SGI has delivered a workstation designed to meet the demanding needs of technical and creative professionals in the digital content creation, computer-aided design, government, medical and scientific research markets. SGI customers running Windows NT can take immediate advantage of enhanced performance on these new systems.

First Linux Workstation Optimized for Graphics
The family is the SGI's first workstation offering for Linux users, and the industry's first workstation designed from the ground-up to accelerate OpenGL 3D graphics in hardware on the Linux operating system. To date, many developers have waited to port their graphics applications to Linux due to minimal OpenGL driver support. By providing hardware acceleration for OpenGL graphics on a high-performance Linux workstation platform, SGI systems provide an ideal platform for graphics software developers and users.

"Linux has lacked a well-integrated 3D graphics API, so the platform should benefit from the availability of optimized OpenGL graphics," said Pia Rieppo, principal analyst for workstations at Dataquest, a Gartner Group company. "Optimized OpenGL graphics should have a positive impact on the availability of third-party applications for the Linux OS, enabling graphics workstation users to take advantage of the reliability and cost-savings of the Linux operating system."

"SGI's new systems provide an excellent platform for creative and technical professionals in both the Windows NT and Linux environments," said Tom Copeland, Vice President, Workstations and High Performance Systems for analyst group IDC. "In addition, the optimized OpenGL implementation for Linux provides an excellent environment for developers of new Linux applications."


About SGI

SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at http://www.sgi.com

About Networks for PC Services (NPS)

NPS is an IT services company based in Riyadh, with personnel throughout the Kingdom. It was founded as a consulting-oriented organization to fill the customer need for reliable delivery, implementation and support in Saudi Arabia. NPS provides computer products and services for high performance graphic and network systems to businesses and government departments. Our services include supply, design and installation of network systems, training and support.

For more information on NPS, please contact:

Networks for PC Services
T: (966-1) 206 6330
F: (966-1) 206 6331
Attention: Mark Tutton, Executive Director

For further information on SGI, please contact:

Wallis Marketing Consultants
T: (971-4) 332-3225
F: (971-4) 332-3228
E-mail: wallismc@emirates.net.ae
Attn: Eileen Wallis, Rawia G. Asali

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