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eWeek: IBM's mission: world's fastest Linux supercomputer

Jan 16, 2001, 17:18 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"As the need for bigger, faster supercomputers increases at a rapid pace, IBM and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Champaign are working together to create the world's fastest Linux supercomputer. The NCSA said today it will install two Linux clusters, which include more than 600 IBM xSeries eServers running Linux and Myricom's Myrinet cluster interconnect network."

"IBM Global Services will install the first cluster next month, which will be based on IBM eServer x330 thin servers, each with two 1GHz Intel Pentium III processors running Red Hat Linux. The second cluster, which will run Turbolinux, will be installed this summer and will be one of the first to use Intel's next-generation 64-bit Itanium processor, IBM officials said."

"Dan Reed, director of the NCSA and the National Computational Science Alliance, said Linux clusters provide users with a single, easy-to-use computing environment that applies to single-user desktop workstations, small research clusters and the largest "tera-scale" systems. "The explosion of the open-source community, the maturity of clustering software and the enthusiasm of the scientific community all tell us that Linux clusters are the future of high-performance computing," Reed said."

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