> For Immediate Release
> Media Contact:
> Anne Hohenberger, SGI
> (650) 933-8242
> SGI Introduces Linux Version of IRIS PERFORMER,
> THE Industry-Leading Visual Simulation API
> IRIS Performer 2.3, Real-Time Rendering Toolkit for Linux,
> Available Free of Charge.
> MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (November 30, 1999) - SGI (NYSE: SGI) today
> announced the immediate availability of IRIS Performer(tm) 2.3 for Linux�,
> a real-time rendering toolkit for Intel processor-based systems running
> Linux. IRIS Performer is SGI's flagship high-performance graphics
> software toolkit on IRIX�, and this additional version of the product on
> Linux underscores the company's goal of driving graphics technology across
> the full spectrum of pricepoints. Application developers can now harness
> the capabilities of this leading scalable, interactive rendering toolkit
> while benefiting from the reduced cost and wide availability of the Linux
> operating system.
> The release of IRIS Performer on Linux allows software developers to
> leverage their investments in existing IRIX operating system-based
> Performer simulations and databases while supporting emerging Linux
> operating system-based systems, thus saving considerable time and money.
> Layered on top of the industry-standard OpenGL� toolkit, IRIS Performer
> 2.3 for Linux supports the OpenGL graphics library and will run on current
> Intel� Pentium� systems as well as future IA-32 and IA-64
> architecture-based systems. The software is provided at no cost via a
> World Wide Web download, http://www.sgi.com/software/performer/linux.html.
> The international software developer's community has responded to the
> initial Beta Program release with overwhelming support, generating
> approximately 11,000 downloads of the pre-released product.
> "The Performer API provides a powerful, flexible base for application
> development environments like MultiGen-Paradigm's Vega," said Elizabeth
> Smith, Vice President of Engineering, MultiGen-Paradigm, Inc. "The porting
> of Performer to Linux offers a tremendous benefit to the industry by
> opening these capabilities up to the full range of price-performance
> solutions. We are excited about SGI's direction with Performer and Linux."
> "This announcement builds upon our commitment to 3D graphics technology:
> first OpenGL, then Performer, and now expansion of this technology to the
> Linux world. " said Janet Matsuda, Director of Marketing, Visual Solutions
> Business Unit, SGI. "Developers now have the freedom to build their
> simulation applications with one industry-standard API, then deploy them
> on a full range of systems, improving interoperability of systems and
> portability of databases."
> About IRIS Performer
> IRIS Performer is a powerful and extensible programming interface for
> creating real-time visual simulation and other interactive 3D graphics
> applications. With over eight years of commercial implementation and
> development, the software provides sophisticated multi-process and
> multi-channel management and optimization on SGI(tm) platforms. It
> dramatically simplifies development of complex applications such as visual
> simulation, simulation-based design, interactive entertainment, CAD and
> architectural walk-through and now provides portability between Linux
> systems and SGI's range of high-end graphics systems.
> About OpenGL
> Originally developed by SGI, OpenGL is the industry standard API for
> high-performance 3D graphics and visualization applications and is
> licensed and available by every major computer graphics hardware vendor
> for every computer operating system. A robust and mature 3D software
> library that offers a broad range of rendering, texture mapping, special
> effects, and other visualization functions, OpenGL is recognized as a
> leading-edge 3D graphics API.
> SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced
> graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their
> toughest computing problems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with
> offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com
> Silicon Graphics, OpenGL, and IRIX are registered trademarks, and SGI, the
> SGI logo, IRIS Performer and Performer are trademarks of Silicon Graphics,
> Inc. Intel and Pentium are registered trademarks, and Xeon is a trademark
> of Intel Corporation. Linux is a registered trademark of Linux Torvalds in
> the United States and other countries. All other trademarks mentioned
> herein are the property of their respective owners.
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