With its Prism Visualization System, Silicon Graphics (SGI) allows development engineers to view a design's entire data set, even in large, complex simulations. The system uses single or dual Intel Itanium processors, then augments the high speed of the Itanium with 24 Gbytes of memory. It also employs dual ATI FireGL graphics processors, giving it the ability to support dual projection and stereo viewing. SGI expects the system to be used in automotive crash testing, oil and gas drilling research and computer-aided engineering environments.
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For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.