Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 7th Feb 2009 10:20 UTC
SGI and IRIX If there is one company out there that embodies "former glory", it just has to be Silicon Graphics Incorporated. Once one of the most well-respected high-performance computer and software makers of the world, it is now a mere shadow of its former self. The most recent set of financial results from the company do not bode well for the already troubled company.
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Comment by Fransexy
by Fransexy on Sat 7th Feb 2009 11:55 UTC
Fransexy
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2005-07-29

I think that droping IRIX and MIPS was the worst decisicion ever made.Without them, SGI is no more than another linux dealer

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RE: Comment by Fransexy
by abraxas on Sat 7th Feb 2009 14:13 in reply to "Comment by Fransexy"
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2005-07-07

I think that droping IRIX and MIPS was the worst decisicion ever made.Without them, SGI is no more than another linux dealer


What exactly did they gain with IRIX and MIPS? Nothing really, except uneeded expenses. You should check out their business now it is a lot more than just a Linux dealer. They offer products that you can't get anywhere else.

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RE[2]: Comment by Fransexy
by fithisux on Sun 8th Feb 2009 10:45 in reply to "RE: Comment by Fransexy"
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2006-01-22

What exactly did they gain with IRIX and MIPS? Nothing really, except uneeded expenses. You should check out their business now it is a lot more than just a Linux dealer. They offer products that you can't get anywhere else.


OK we should all use windows according to your line of thought. I believe they should have been commited on IRIX and on MIPS and push it to the desktop (ala microsoft). Instead they used the flawed economic model that consumers are idiots who pay whatever you sell them in the price you sell. This shows disrespect to customers. Now with Loongson, IRIX can have a chance on netbooks but they do not care which means no advertsing, do you see SUN's race to support AcerAspire One? This is a big company, bigger than Microsoft.

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RE: Comment by Fransexy
by javiercero1 on Sat 7th Feb 2009 17:56 in reply to "Comment by Fransexy"
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2005-11-10

It doesn't take a marketing genius to figure out that (by the end of MIPS run) selling a processor that is one order of magnitude slower than your competitor and four times as expensive... is not a good business plan.

SGI always had an awful management, and their transition from MIPS to IA64 was an example of what not to do. As in, do not announce you are going to move to your competitors' processor (which is still vaporware) while you still depend on at least 3 more years of revenue on your current platform to survive.

The biggest blunder may have been the complete disregard (and sometimes it seemed downright hostility) that SGI had for the commodity desktop/consumer 3D market.

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RE[2]: Comment by Fransexy
by Dubhthach on Mon 9th Feb 2009 16:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by Fransexy"
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2006-01-12

I recall when they brought out the 800mhz R16k that it's specint/specfp scores were about half of those for a P4 running at 3.2Ghz so basically getting twice the work done per clock. The problem of course in sense was that SGI were never gonna ramp clock speed right up.

Their high density Origin3900 put 16 chips in one 4u/5u "Brick" this was only viable cause the chips only used 25W a piece. When you recall how much the P4 basically used that some difference in power usage.

The other problem I think in some ways were the processors didn't include built in L2 cache. 16MB cache on Tezro was great but latency/performance would have been better if it was integrated in the chip.

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