SGI is commemorating 25 years of producing computing, visualization and storage solutions that changed how their customers solved problems. SGI began life via the hands of associate professor Jim Clark and his team of Stanford graduate students. Their first graphics terminal was delivered in 1983 to NASA Ames Research Center.
“Year after year, NASA relies on systems from SGI to gain groundbreaking insights into our home planet and its place in the universe,” said F. Ron Bailey, founder and first division chief of the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division at NASA Ames.
They have also posted a short time-line of interesting events and customer breakthroughs. A few excerpts:
- The first digital prototype of the world’s largest passenger jet, allowing engineers to efficiently test and modify the design before construction begins.
- Investigations into all aspects of cosmology — from unraveling the secrets of dark matter to galactic archaeology — by Professor Stephen Hawking’s UK COSMOS consortium.
- For the first time, on-air broadcast graphics posting live 1994 presidential election results.
- The world’s first 64-bit gaming system, allowing Nintendo to bring SGI-quality graphics to millions of home
- In 1987, the company delivered the industry’s first workstation based on a RISC processor.
- In 1999, SGI became the first system vendor to ship a SAN shared filesystem, CXFS™.
- In 2004, SGI built and deployed the world’s most powerful computer, NASA‘s 10,240-processor Columbia supercomputer, in only 120 days.
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