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Federal Computer Week: Linux clusters speeding to top

Jan 17, 2001, 15:09 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Caterinicchia)

"The National Center for Supercomputing Applications announced plans Tuesday to install two IBM Corp. Linux clusters to create the world's fastest Linux supercomputers. NCSA's clusters, which will be housed at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will have 2 teraflops of computing power. They will be used by researchers in many scientific fields, including those studying the nature of gravitational waves, computational biology and computational chemistry, said Dan Reed, director of NCSA."

"For now, the fastest Linux supercomputer, LosLobos, is at the Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center and is ranked 80th on the most recent Top 500 Supercomputer Sites list. By comparison, Reed said the new NCSA clusters should be close to the top five in the world."

"Basing the new supercomputers on Linux was a no-brainer, Reed said, because the platform provides users with a familiar computing environment that covers single-user desktop workstations and small research clusters to the largest systems. Reed would not disclose the total cost of the new machines but said it is a "multimillion-dollar deal by a substantial margin."

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