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SGI Graphics VP taken in by NVidia

by on August 27, 2009

s-what-iJust heard through a reliable grapevine a bit more news on the S?I culling of the Graphic Division.  VP of the Graphic Division, Robert Pette (who we interviewed previously) has been hired by NVidia.  No news yet on his new title, position, or responsibilities, just that he’s now proudly sporting an NVidia shirt.  Here’s his professional Bio, if you’re curious, and ironically it’s taken from the SGI Executive Team page.

bob-petteBob Pette is leading SGI’s Visualization Group, providing the vision, design, strategy and direction for all SGI’s visualization products and solutions, including the newly released VUE suite of software. The VUE suite of software provides innovative solutions that help high-performance organizations consolidate and maximize their compute and visualization resources to manage the rapidly growing digital universe, anytime, anyplace and on any device. In his 21-year career at SGI, Bob has held positions in Systems Engineering, Application and Solutions Development, Customer Benchmarking, Customer Services, Services/Sales Operations and Corporate Marketing. As vice president of SGI Global Services, Bob expanded the SGI’s visualization practice via the design, development and implementation of Reality Center environments, simulators, CAVE installations, and immersive auditoriums for industries ranging from aerospace design, defense and intelligence sectors to energy exploration. Bob received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech and his B.S. in Mathematics from the University of Tampa.

Here’s hoping that NVidia will start to take in some more of the VUE product team.  One other interesting side effect of this is that it could remedy a current limitation of the NVidia Drivers on SGI’s upcoming UltraViolet systems: a limit of 16GPU’s.  With more of the old SGI UV team in-house, maybe they’ll get that remedied.