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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Wouldn't it be easy to port to Opteron if they felt like it?
by Martin on Sat 27th Nov 2004 10:22 UTC

SGI builds their Altix line around Itanium today. But what stops them porting to other CPUs?
Linux is ported to most major platforms ever made. SGI has allready done a lot of work in Linux for scalability to large systems. This work will stay with them if they changed to other CPUs.
Itanium might not be a big problem for them. Itanium works just fine in high end and they would have little problem to offer other alternatives for low end. Their main CPU suplier has enough choises.