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NEW LICENSING AGREEMENTS MAKE SILICON GRAPHICS' IRIS EXPLORER AVAILABLE TO MAJOR WORKSTATION PLATFORMS, MORE SUPERCOMPUTERS

 NEW LICENSING AGREEMENTS MAKE SILICON GRAPHICS' IRIS EXPLORER
 AVAILABLE TO MAJOR WORKSTATION PLATFORMS, MORE SUPERCOMPUTERS
 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Silicon Graphics Inc. (NYSE: SGI) today announced licensing agreements with five hardware and software vendors that will allow its IRIS Explorer(TM) visual application builder to operate on eight additional computer platforms, including UNIX(R) workstations and supercomputers.
 The new agreements will allow the IRIS Explorer application programming interface to operate on workstations from Sun Microsystems Inc., Digital Equipment Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., International Business Machines Corp. and Control Data Systems Inc. The product also will be available to users of supercomputers from Intel Corp. and Kendall Square Research Corp. Since its release one year ago, IRIS Explorer has become the industry's fastest- growing applications builder for scientific and technical environments, with the largest installed base of any commercially available package of its kind. The package is shipping on systems from Silicon Graphics and Cray Research Inc.
 The five new licensees are Control Data Systems, Du Pont Pixel, Kendall Square Technology, Intel Corp. and Numerical Algorithms Group Ltd. (NAG). Du Pont Pixel will provide the IRIS Explorer application, in conjunction with its PX/IRIS GL(TM), to users of Sun SPARC(TM)-based workstations. The licensing agreement with NAG also opens the IRIS Explorer software to HP, DEC, IBM and Sun. Control Data will also supply the application to users of its RISC-based systems. A licensing agreement with Intel will bring the IRIS Explorer application to users of Intel's Paragon supercomputer systems. Kendall Square Research also will supply its customers with the software package.
 "The addition of five major partners to the rapidly growing list of licensees of the IRIS Explorer application underscores this product's recognized value to scientific and technical users," said Craig Upson, director of end-user tools engineering at Silicon Graphics. "The availability of the IRIS Explorer software on so many leading platforms, combined with our large user base operating on Silicon Graphics systems, means that we will see a dramatic increase in users of the IRIS Explorer software and in modules written for IRIS Explorer."
 With IRIS Explorer, users and software developers can build sophisticated applications for visualizing complex scientific and engineering problems with simple point-and-click selections. Without writing any code, computational scientists and engineers with unique visualization requirements can integrate their existing data sets and algorithms for fast, custom viewing and analysis.
 The agreements are part of Silicon Graphics' overall strategy to open its industry-leading graphics software technology to all computer users. By licensing IRIS Explorer along with its OpenGL programming interface and IRIS Inventor(TM) 3D graphics toolkit, Silicon Graphics is providing state-of-the-art computer graphics technology to a broader class of customers. By licensing IRIS Explorer, Silicon Graphics enables programmers to streamline development efforts, and allows users in distributed environments to most efficiently exploit their networked resources. Silicon Graphics also will begin distributing 150 additional IRIS Explorer modules on compact disc to users of the application builder software.
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 /CONTACT: Carl Furry of Silicon Graphics, 415-390-3365/
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