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SGI Sets Another Record in Oracle(R) E-Business Suite Benchmark Tests

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Oracle OpenWorld -- At the world's largest gathering of Oracle software users, SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) today announced its SGI(R) Altix(R) platform has again broken the performance and scalability record for real-world, multi-tier applications running Oracle(R) Database 10g Release 2.

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Oracle OpenWorld — At the world's largest gathering of Oracle software users, SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) today announced its SGI(R) Altix(R) platform has again broken the performance and scalability record for real-world, multi-tier applications running Oracle(R) Database 10g Release 2.

In Oracle tests measuring the average response time of applications serving 3,000 concurrent online users, an SGI(R) Altix(R) 450 system outperformed the previous record holder by 70 percent(1). SGI remains the only platform provider to run "All Linux(R)" benchmark tests, reflecting the company's commitment to providing industrial-strength Linux solutions for high-performance enterprises.

The results were achieved on an SGI(R) Altix(R) 450 system powered by the latest Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) 9100 series processors (code-named Montvale). Running the Oracle E-Business Suite 11i (11.5.10) Benchmark, also known as the Oracle Applications Standard Benchmark (OASB), the SGI Altix 450 system achieved an average response time 0.453 seconds for 3,000 online users — 70 percent faster than the response time posted by the previous record holder.

The SGI system also delivered record hourly throughput in Oracle's measurement of order management and payroll batch business processes. With 3,000 users, Altix 450 processed 81,744 payroll checks in an hour, a result that beat the previous record by 10 percent.

In August, SGI first announced record test results based on 1,400, 1,800 and 2,000 users. Those results showed Altix 450 had outperformed the previous record holder by up to 100 percent. The latest tests measure Altix 450 performance based on a larger user load: 2,100, 2,700 and 3,000 concurrent users.

"Today's enterprises are experiencing remarkable surges in data volumes, even as their business processes are growing more complex," said Ken Won, director, enterprise data management, SGI, which is a member of Oracle PartnerNetwork. "These latest Oracle benchmark results show that SGI Altix consistently maintains high performance in even the most data-intensive Oracle Database 10g environment."

Reliably Scalable from 1,400 to 3,000 Users

The new results reinforce how SGI Altix 450 can reliably scale to accommodate more users and workloads with low impact on performance. As the benchmark load more than doubles from 1,400 to 3,000 concurrent users(2), the average response time of the Altix 450 slows by just 2.5 percent.

Altix 450 also reliably scales in Oracle payroll batch processing tests. As the benchmark load grew from 2,100 to 3,000 users, throughput on Altix 450 was reduced by only 2.4 percent.

"Businesses and organizations are under a lot of pressure to respond quickly to change and keep up with demanding, real-time data-intensive computing requirements," said Boyd Davis, general manager, Server Product Marketing, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel Corp. "SGI systems powered by the latest Dual-Core Intel Itanium processor 9100 series deliver amazing scalable performance, mainframe-class RAS and overall great value for today's mission-critical enterprise solutions."

The results were independently audited and verified on Oct. 18, 2007. For complete results and configurations, visit: http://www.oracle.com/apps_benchmark/html/results.html

The Oracle E-Business Suite 11i benchmark provides metrics for comparing Oracle application performance on different system configurations. It uses a mixed workload model to simulate the various business applications operating within an enterprise. The online transaction processing benchmark exercises the user interface flows most frequently used by Oracle customers. The batch throughput tests consist of a high-volume order processing program used to process and import orders in batch mode, and a payroll processing program used to process employee checks in batch mode.

The tested SGI configuration included: — Database server tier: SGI Altix 450 system powered by 16 Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) processor 9100 series 1.6GHz with 24M L2 cache, single-threaded processors and featuring 128GB of memory — Application server tier: Six SGI(R) Altix(R) XE240 servers, each powered by two Dual-Core Intel(R) Xeon(R) processors and 16GB of memory and running Oracle Enterprise Linux — Storage tier: SGI(R) InfiniteStorage 4500 system with a dual RAID controller and eight trays, each outfitted with 16x 146GB, 15K RPM drives

The results spotlight the high performance of SGI Altix 450 systems which, like SGI(R) Altix(R) 4700 servers and supercomputers, now are available with the new Dual-Core Intel(R) Itanium(R) processor 9100 series. With the latest Intel(R) Itanium(R) processors, SGI Altix servers achieve high performance from data-intensive applications, with efficient power consumption and high reliability. The new systems are available today.

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SGI (Nasdaq: SGIC) is a leader in high-performance computing. SGI delivers a broad range of high-performance server and storage solutions along with industry-leading professional services and support that enable its customers to overcome the challenges of complex data-intensive workflows and accelerate breakthrough discoveries, innovation and information transformation. SGI helps customers solve significant challenges, whether it's enhancing the quality of life through drug research, designing and manufacturing safer and more efficient cars and airplanes, studying global climate change, providing technologies for homeland security and defense, or helping enterprises manage large data. With offices worldwide, the company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., and can be found on the Web at http://www.sgi.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT Marla Robinson marlar@sgi.com 256.773.2371 Dabney Oliver Loomis Group PR OliverD@loomisgroup.com 415.882.9494 SGI PR HOTLINE 650.933.7777 SGI PR FACSIMILE 650.933.0714 1. All OASB results are available at: http://www.oracle.com/apps_benchmark/html/results.html 2. In addition to latest test results, calculation includes previously announced Altix 450 results on OASB tests for 1,400 to 2,000 users.

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