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Itanium(R) Solutions Alliance Announces Innovation Contest Judges.

Panel to Reward Innovative Itanium[R] 2-based Solutions with $50,000 Cash Prize

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Itanium[R] Solutions Alliance today announced the formation of its judging panel for the Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Contest. Tony DeVarco, Renee James, Gale Persil, Chen Qiwang and Mark K. Smith combine to form a panel focused on recognizing outstanding achievements in Itanium[R] 2-based computing. The panel will judge entries on a number of criteria such as difficulty of challenge, results produced and originality.

"The panelists represent a cross section of the Itanium 2-based computing landscape and will use their diverse knowledge of the platform to judge the innovative applications submitted by contestants from around the world," said Robin Drummond, president of the Itanium Solutions Alliance.

Tony DeVarco is corporate alliance manager at Symantec. Prior to joining Symantec, DeVarco was with SGI for over seven years and was responsible for managing its marketing and business relationship with Intel worldwide. DeVarco has also managed various ISV relationships and led SGI's Geospatial and Homeland Security Industry market initiatives. He holds a bachelor's degree in economics from DePauw University and a master's degree in arts administration from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.

Renee J. James is vice president and general manager of the Software and Solutions Group for Intel Corporation. She is responsible for software strategy, products and services for the corporation, with research and development operations in more than 20 countries. James manages the worldwide teams that interact with all software companies doing business with Intel. Her responsibilities include managing a global developer relations group, in addition to the engineering and product teams. James also oversees Intel Solution Services, Intel's worldwide professional services organization. James has contributed to several key software and services efforts during her tenure at Intel including her work on the first software video codecs (Indeo). She was a key member of the team developing Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for the unification of Unix on Intel Architecture and also was part of the pioneering team working with Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to move applications to the Intel Architecture.

Gale Persil has been in enterprise software development for over 20 years. She has held various positions from development to customer support to marketing at various companies such as IBM, Landmark and Sterling Software. She has spoken regularly at industry conferences on network and system diagnosis and performance topics and authored cover articles for magazines such as Technical Support and Enterprise Systems Journal. Since joining CA, Persil has managed product management and marketing in various capacities within the network and systems management area, starting with the breakup of the TNG framework. She recently took on the role of the director of product management operations, a role which covers workload automation, database and modeling in addition to network and systems.

Chen Qiwang is the Itanium product manager of PowerLeader Science & Technology Co., Ltd, an Associate Sponsor of the Itanium Solutions Alliance. Qiwang graduated from Southwest Science & Technology University, where he majored in automation. Qiwang has spent many years operating in the Linux community since he began working in the HPC industry in 2004. When Qiwang joined PowerLeader in 2006, he was in charge of their Itanium 2-based systems program.

Mark K. Smith is the managing director of the Gelato Federation, the global technical community dedicated to advancing Linux on the Intel[R] Itanium[R] architecture. Smith works with Federation members and sponsors around the world, fostering collaborative relationships among members, sponsors and the general community to expand the platform. Smith leads a technical team at University of Illinois and dedicates time to educating the general community about the advantages of the platform. Prior to joining Gelato, he worked in the software industry for 10 years. Smith holds a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Illinois.

The Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Contest will showcase unique and innovative deployments of Itanium 2-based applications. End users and software developers of Itanium-based solutions are encouraged to enter their solution in one of three categories. One winner in each category will receive a $50,000 cash prize. Contest entries are due January 31, 2007. The award categories include:

acents Humanitarian Impact: The Humanitarian Impact category awards innovative use of applications running on Itanium 2-based systems where these systems demonstrate a profound impact on humanity through research, social improvements or other humanitarian efforts. Examples include weather prediction, storm monitoring, tsunami model forecasting and genetic and medical research.

acents Enterprise Business Applications: The Enterprise Business category awards the innovative use of applications utilizing the benefits of Intel Itanium 2 architecture to produce either hard business results (such as cost savings and ROI) or soft business impact (including customer satisfaction and new product development).

acents Entrepreneurial: The Entrepreneurial Innovation award is open to all entities excluding public companies with revenues exceeding $25 million in the last yearly reporting period. The award will recognize enhanced business operations using applications that take full advantage of the Intel Itanium 2 architecture and will reward achievements in areas such as IT consolidation, increased ROI, increased customer satisfaction and new product development.

In addition to the grand prizes of $50,000, other accolades will be awarded. For more information about the program and to download an application, please visit the Itanium Solutions Alliance Innovation Contest Website at http://www.itaniumsolutionsalliance.org/innovation/.

About The Itanium Solutions Alliance

The Itanium Solutions Alliance was formed by leading enterprise and technical solutions providers to work together towards a common objective of transitioning the world of proprietary computing platforms to open, industry standard solutions based on Intel Itanium architecture. Together with leading enterprise software and hardware providers, the Alliance is dedicated to accelerating the adoption and ongoing development of Itanium-based solutions. Its membership comprises some of the most influential companies in the computing industry.
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