Reference Checks

By Mel Duvall  |  Posted 2002-11-01 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Dossier: Long the multimedia market leader, SGI is feeling the pinch as longtime entertainment customers turn to cheaper Linux systems.

Reference Checks

BUFFALO CENTER FOR COMPUTATIONAL RESEARCH
Russ Miller
Director
(716) 645-6500
Project: Center is ranked among top 10 supercomputer sites in the world, and uses a number of SGI computers, including a 64-processor Origin 3800. Ongoing work includes cancer and antibiotic research.

BLUE SKY STUDIOS
Carl Ludwig
VP, Research and Development
(914) 259-6500
Project: The White Plains, N.Y., studio uses SGI computers to create animated movies and visual effects. Works include computer-rendered movie Ice Age. The company, however, is starting to switch to Linux boxes.

BP CENTER FOR VISUALIZATION
Geoffrey Dorn
Executive Director
(303) 492-3667
Project: SGI Onyx 3800 visualization system powers a "reality center" which allows scientists and engineers to be placed in an environment created from such data as oil and gas seismic readings.

NEW MEDIA INNOVATION CENTER
Brian Corrie
Research Associate
(604) 806-5100
Project: An SGI Onyx 3200 computer helps perform research into such areas as geology, electronic gaming, and auto design.

SPACE IMAGING
Brian Leslie
Director, International Ground Stations
(303) 254-2000
Project: Uses SGI computers to direct satellites to take about 1,200 pictures of Earth a day, and download images to base stations.

TIPPETT STUDIOS
Christian Rice
Director of Technology
(510) 649-9711
Project: Has been using SGI machines since 1983 to render animations and visual effects for movies. It is increasingly switching to Linux boxes due to cost and performance issues.



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Contributing Editor
Mel Duvall is a veteran business and technology journalist, having written for a variety of daily newspapers and magazines for 17 years. Most recently he was the Business Commerce Editor for Interactive Week, and previously served as a senior business writer for The Financial Post.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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