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CNET News.com: AMD chips the secret ingredient in new supercomputer

May 26, 2000, 02:23 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"AMD's 3DNow technology was designed to improve the 3D graphics of games. But the feature can also be used to speed up mathematical calculations, said Hank Dietz, a professor at the University of Kentucky and the architect of a new 64-processor Linux supercomputer built out of 700-MHz AMD Athlon microprocessors."

"The machine, called the Kentucky Linux Athlon Testbed 2 (KLAT2), is a "Beowulf" computer, a collection of smaller computers networked together to throw their collective might at a single computational task. Each of the nodes of such machines typically runs the Linux operating system, a clone of Unix that's popular in academia because it can be tweaked as much as a researcher wants."

"KLAT2 isn't very powerful compared with some Beowulf systems. But it's only a step on a path to greater glory for AMD and the University of Kentucky's computing program. Within the next year, Dietz expects his university will have made a supercomputer with at least 1,000 processors and perhaps as many as 4,000."

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