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SGI works on Linux performance software

SGI begins work on an open-source version of a development tool for high-performance computing programmers.

Silicon Graphics has begun work on an open-source version of a development tool for high-performance computing programmers that has been available only as a proprietary product, the company plans to announce Thursday. The U.S. Energy Department is funding SGI to create the software, called Open/SpeedShop, a relative of the SpeedShop software the company has sold for years.

The universities of Wisconsin and Maryland are collaborating on the program, which is due for release in 2006 and is designed to help programmers find bottlenecks and bugs in their software. The software is geared in particular for high-end multiprocessor servers and for clusters of machines connected into a single effective supercomputer.