July 29, 2003

SGI and Abaqus announce availability of Abaqus on the SGI Altix 3000

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"Unique Shared-Memory Architecture Enables Users to Solve the Most Challenging Simulations.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (July 29, 2003)-SGI (NYSE: SGI) and ABAQUS, Inc.,
today announced the availability of the latest ABAQUSî release, 6.3-5, on
the SGIî Altix 3000 family of servers. The unique combination of ABAQUS
software running in a shared-memory processing model on SGIî Altix* offers a
new, cost-effective way for mechanical computer-aided engineering (MCAE)
customers to access the I/O throughput needed for finite element analysis.

Manufacturers increasingly rely on high-performance computing technology and
finite element analysis (FEA) applications to drive innovations in product
development. This enables them to grow their competitive advantage by
achieving faster time to market, improved product quality and lower product
development costs. MCAE customers need a solution that allows multiple jobs
to run across multiple processors in order to optimize engineering
resources, and ABAQUS and SGI provide the capabilities for the intensive
throughput needed in this everyday use of FEA.

ABAQUS and SGI are committed to providing solutions that address the
increasingly complex models customers are creating today. SGI Altix running
ABAQUS-a suite of general-purpose FEA programs used worldwide for stress,
heat transfer and other types of analysis-allows users to solve the most
challenging simulation problems requiring significant memory resources. Run
times for I/O-intensive analysis are significantly reduced with the
combination of ABAQUS software and SGI Altix hardware. The SGI Altix family
of servers provides 8GB of memory per processor, which is the highest
available today on any Linuxî system, and ABAQUS software allows customers
to work with highly memory-intensive models.

"Customers in the MCAE industry continue to push finite element analysis
closer to true reality, thus improving the quality of designs and ultimately
reducing costs. The SGI Altix systems allow customers to access the large
amount of memory needed to run these increasingly large models in some of
our jointly targeted industries, including powertrain, consumer products,
turbomachinery and tire design," said Ken Short, vice president of marketing
at ABAQUS. "SGI has also been working diligently with the Linux community to
make available the dramatically improved throughput within the Linux
environment that our customers have come to enjoy with the ABAQUS and SGI
Origin solution."

"ABAQUS customers continue to accelerate their demands for high-performance
computing," commented Larry McArthur, SGI's senior director of Manufacturing
Industry Marketing. "SGI Altix provides a fast and easily maintainable
platform for the most demanding ABAQUS applications.

Based on the powerful SGIî NUMAflex(tm) shared-memory processor
architecture, the SGI Altix 3000 systems combine SGIî supercomputing
architecture with Intelî Itaniumî 2 processors and the Linux operating
system. SGI Altix is the first Linux system to provide customers with
unprecedented shared-memory access across nodes, scaling up to 64 processors
and holding up to 4TB of memory in a single cluster node.

ABAQUS and SGI are working closely to provide the MCAE industry with the
highest quality products and service. Customers will see continued
enhancements and improvements with future ABAQUS releases, expanding the
current products available from ABAQUS and SGI. Today, the two companies are
also committed to providing the highest level of support for customers using
the SGIî IRIXî OS with ABAQUS. The SGI IRIX operating system is a
cornerstone for MCAE workflow that includes high-performance computing and
advanced visualization capabilities for pre- and post-processing.

Founded in 1978, ABAQUS, Inc., is the world's leading provider of software
and services for advanced finite element analysis. The ABAQUS software suite
has an unsurpassed reputation for technology, quality and reliability. It
has been adopted by major corporations across all engineering disciplines as
an integral part of their design process. ABAQUS provides superior solutions
for linear, nonlinear, explicit and multi-body dynamics problems. The
software delivers a unified finite element analysis environment without
equal, presenting a compelling alternative to implementations involving
multiple products and vendors. ABAQUS employs over 350 people worldwide,
with 24 direct offices for technical support, sales and services, plus a
network of technically advanced distributors in emerging markets

About SGI
SGI, also known as Silicon Graphics, Inc., is the world's leader in
high-performance computing, visualization and storage. SGI's vision is to
provide technology that enables the most significant scientific and creative
breakthroughs of the 21st century. Whether it's sharing images to aid in
brain surgery, finding oil more efficiently, studying global climate or
enabling the transition from analog to digital broadcasting, SGI is
dedicated to addressing the next class of challenges for scientific,
engineering and creative users. SGI was named on FORTUNE magazine's 2003
list of "Top 100 Companies to Work For." With offices worldwide, the company
is headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., and can be found on the Web at


Silicon Graphics, SGI, Origin, IRIX, and the SGI logo are registered
trademarks and Altix and NUMAflex are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc.,
in the United States and/or other countries worldwide. ABAQUS is a trademark
of ABAQUS, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Linux is a
registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in several countries. Intel and
Itanium are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation. All other trademarks
mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners."

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