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SGI (NYSE:SGI) has announced that SGI Japan Ltd. has completed the implementation of an SGI(R) Origin(R) 3800 high-performance supercomputer for Mazda Motor Corporation. Mazda has been conducting various advanced challenges in its new automobile design and development and the SGI(R) system is being used to enhance computer-aided engineering (CAE) capabilities for fluid dynamics and structure analysis related to engine design and development. The CAE workflow at Mazda has been significantly empowered by the deployment of the new SGI Origin 3800 server, and Mazda's investments for its advanced, industry-leading CAE environment are expected to continue.

Previously, CAE server access was limited to CAE engineering specialists in the analysis group. However, Mazda and CD-adapco Japan Co., Ltd., have jointly developed an Analysis Support System ("PTECS") that additionally enables the CAE server to be directly and easily used by engineers in the design group. With improvements in the application environment providing expanded productivity options, more users are now able to directly access the SGI Origin 3800 CAE server, further advancing Mazda's new automobile development projects.

The new system was sold jointly with Sumisho Electronics, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, and includes the SGI Origin 3800 server powered by 56 CPUs and an SGI(R) TP9100 storage system with 1.7TB, providing approximately 10 times the computing power of the previous system. SGI's scalable parallel processing capabilities and the SGI(R) NUMAflex shared-memory architecture in the SGI Origin 3800 server and overall support provided by SGI Japan were strong factors in Mazda's recent investment. SGI Japan continues its long-standing relationship with Mazda, which includes the previous installation of several high-performance 3D computer-aided design workstations at the company.

SGI NUMAflex Architecture Provides Flexibility

SGI Japan has already delivered numerous SGI(R) Origin(R) 3000 series high-performance supercomputers to manufacturing companies, including other leading automobile manufacturers in Japan. With the NUMAflex shared-memory architecture, SGI systems can scale up to a large-scale parallel server configuration with 512 CPUs per system, giving users the flexibility to customize based on their required performance and capabilities. These systems are ideal for complex computing needs with vast amounts of data, such as fluid dynamics and structure analysis for the manufacturing sectors and scientific engineering calculations and simulations.

About SGI

Celebrating its 20th year, SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in high-performance computing, visualization and the management of complex data. SGI products, services and solutions enable its technical and creative customers to gain strategic and competitive advantages in their core businesses. Whether being used to design and build safer cars and airplanes, discover new medications and oil reserves, predict the weather, entertain us with thrilling movie special effects or provide mission-critical support for government and defense, SGI systems and expertise are empowering a world of innovation and discovery. The companyis headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and has offices worldwide.

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Date:Jan 1, 2003

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