SGI reorganizes federal unit

SGI reorganizes federal unit

SGI this month combined its federal systems sales, engineering and service activities into a new subsidiary, Silicon Graphics Federal Inc.

The company also closed the $58 million sale of its Cray Research subsidiary to Tera Computer Co. of Seattle, which will develop vector supercomputing products under the name Cray Inc.

'We will customize some of SGI's offerings' for government users of command and control, simulation and imaging systems that have no close commercial counterparts, said Anthony K. Robbins, the new federal unit's president. Like its SGI federal systems predecessor, the unit is headquartered in Silver Spring, Md. The supplier of fast workstations, servers and visualization software is expected to bring in about 20 percent of the parent company's total annual revenue of $2.7 billion, Robbins said.

SGI plans to continue developing its Origin nonuniform-memory server line as well as commodity clusters running open-source Linux software. High-performance servers represent about 70 percent of the federal unit's business, Robbins said.

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