Silicon Graphics International (SGI) has completed its new line of computers with the announcement of Octane, its latest 64-bit product family. The new series is aimed at the high-end design and computer-aided engineering (CAE) markets. The general manager of SGI in Hong Kong, Stephen Lau, said: 'The beauty of Octane is the two-CPU desktop.' The Octane features high-performance graphics with symmetric multiprocessing and a 64-bit computing environment. The vice-president of the desktop systems division at SGI, Warren Pratt, said the new architecture from SGI 'overshot all the precepts of modern computing that were formed in the 1950s'. 'Forget everything you learned in computer engineering class about how to design a computer architecture because it won't address tomorrow's, or even some of today's, problems,' he said. Mr Lau said the new series would be ideal for designers and engineers. 'The major benefit is that while one CPU does the modelling, the other can handle the CAE calculations,' he said. Motorola had used an Octane to design its latest pager and TVB had also ordered one, Mr Lau said. The new Octane series offers a 70 per cent increase in floating-point performance over the earlier Indigo2. Bandwidth has been expanded to handle 1.6 Gb/second transfer rates per port.