Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 2nd Oct 2002 17:49 UTC
SGI and IRIX In the '90s, before MacOSX was released, if people were to reffer to a user-friendly Unix that looked cool at the time, that would have been SGI's 64-bit operating system for the MIPS processors, the IRIX. IRIX was first released in 1987, and by 1995 was already a highly respected UNIX, the first with immense multimedia capabilities! Check out our introduction and some screenshots of IRIX.
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SGI ogl toolkits
by Ott on Thu 3rd Oct 2002 00:28 UTC

I've been working on and off on a OpenGL based 3D experimentation enviroment for the past 2 years. We use a higher level toolkit to make the OpenGL easier for the researchers to deal with... but even so... our Octane starts lagging after about 30k polys. My Panasonic 3DO from '93 can handle about that till it's maxed and it's running on a 12.5Mhz ARM60. If it weren't for the fact that the toolkit is so damn expensive i'd recommend moving the development to an NT or Linux platform with some modern industrial grade OpenGL card. It would cost less than the SGI support alone.

Would that "higher level toolkit" happen to be Performer? If so I feel your pain, as a former admin on a system using it for 3D simulation (on a bunch of Indigo2's to be spesific).