SGI Prism

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The Silicon Graphics Prism was a series of visualization computer systems developed and manufactured by Silicon Graphics (SGI). Released in April 2005, the Prism's basic system architecture was based on the Altix 3000 servers, but with graphics hardware.[1] The Prism used the Linux operating system and the OpenGL software library.[2]

Three models of the SGI Prism were Power, Team and Extreme levels.

  • The Power level supported two to eight Itanium 2 processors, up to 96 GB of memory and two to four graphics pipelines.
  • The Team level supported 8 to 16 Itanium 2 processors, up to 192 GB of memory and four to eight graphics pipelines.
  • The Extreme level supported 16 to 256 Itanium 2 processors, up to 3 TB of memory and 4 to 16 graphics pipelines.

The graphics pipes used in the Prism are ATI FireGL cards based on either the R350 or R420 GPUs.

SGI timeline[edit]

SGI Prism SGI Altix 450 SGI Altix 350 SGI Origin 300 SGI Origin 200 SGI Indigo² and Challenge M SGI Tezro SGI Octane2 SGI Octane SGI Indigo² and Challenge M SGI Fuel SGI Crimson SGI Indigo SGI O2 SGI O2 SGI Indy SGI IRIS SGI IRIS SGI IRIS SGI IRIS SGI IRIS

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New Deskside Silicon Graphics Prism System Offers Double the Memory of IBM and HP Systems". News release. April 26, 2005. Archived from the original on April 27, 2005. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Silicon Graphics Prism Deskside" (PDF). Data sheet. April 20, 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 28, 2005. Retrieved August 3, 2013.