Reference ChecksBy Mel Duvall | Posted 2002-11-01 Print
Dossier: Long the multimedia market leader, SGI is feeling the pinch as longtime entertainment customers turn to cheaper Linux systems.
BUFFALO CENTER FOR COMPUTATIONAL RESEARCH
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
VP, Research and Development
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
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
Project: An SGI Onyx 3200 computer helps perform research into such areas as geology, electronic gaming, and auto design.
Director, International Ground Stations
Project: Uses SGI computers to direct satellites to take about 1,200 pictures of Earth a day, and download images to base stations.
Director of Technology
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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