Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 26th Nov 2004 19:57 UTC, submitted by Dave Finger
SGI and IRIX The company is Silicon Graphics Incorporated, or SGI, which once was famous for its high-powered graphics and 3-D workstations but has fallen on hard times of late. SGI now focuses on supercomputers, but there's a tiny coterie of fans dedicated to keeping the company's aging but high-powered workstations alive. On a similar note, the every-three-months maintaince release of Irix is 3 months late.
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by peter on Sat 27th Nov 2004 06:35 UTC

SGI's remaining strengths are their excellent shared memory architecture and a fast interconnect. Linux clusters don't do shared memory and have high latency interconnects. But Pathscale may put a dent in this market. They are also made up of ex-SGI engineers, have embraced Linux, Opteron (amd64), and are marketing a high speed commodity interconnect.