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Inter@ctive Week: Penguins Unite; Linux Clustering Advances

Nov 09, 2000, 19:20 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"A wave of Linux clustered machines has been anticipated since 1994, when the Goddard Space Flight Center produced the first Beowulf cluster. But only recently have the tools become available for the Linux cluster to become a more manageable engine on the Internet."

"Today, Linux clusters are functioning as high-availability Web servers, domain name servers and mail servers running standard, nonparallel applications. One of the largest Linux cluster sites is the 6,000-node engine behind the Google search site, says Richard Schuh, chief operating officer at Linux NetworX, a Sandy, Utah, Linux cluster start-up."

"We believe in the superior price/performance of the Linux cluster," Schuh says, "but they won't get adopted into the mainstream unless there are tools to administer them like single systems." Linux NetworX and other suppliers -- such as Rainfinity, Red Hat, Silicon Graphics Inc., SteelEye Technology, TurboLinux and VA Linux Systems -- have brought clustering management software to market over the past few months to make Linux clusters more manageable."

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