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PC Week: Is Linux ready to graduate?

May 03, 2000, 03:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sonia R. Lelii)

[ Thanks to Matt Williams for this link. ] " 'A' in clustering could carry the operating system into corporate arena

"Linux is breathing new possibilities into server clustering as new packages try to take large-scale Linux clustering beyond the academic arena. For instance, CSP Inc. last month introduced a hardware and software Linux server cluster aimed at both the scientific world and ISPs (Internet service providers)."

"FastCluster, which runs Terra Soft Solutions Inc.'s Black Lab Linux distribution, can be configured with as many as 64 IBM PowerPC G3 or G4 processors in a 19-inch cabinet. Each processor runs at 390MHz or 450MHz and has up to 256MB of memory. IT managers can connect the cabinets through a high-speed Myrinet interconnect from Myricom Inc., of Arcadia, Calif., to form a 1,000-processor configuration, according to CSP officials in Billerica, Mass."

"FastCluster supports Message Passing Interface applications, so IT managers can develop parallel applications that run on numerous nodes. It also supports VSIPL (Vector and Signal Processing Library) and ISSPL-ALT (Industry Standard Signal Processing Library)."

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