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deseretnews.com: Cluster Computing

Oct 18, 2002, 10:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lois M. Collins)

[ Thanks to marK for this link. ]

"Supercomputing was a new concept when IBM created Deep Blue, the monster machine that successfully defeated chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997.

"Peter Crane, a lead PC assembly technician at Utah's Linux NetworX, is part of a team that built a clustered computer for a national research laboratory in California.

"Today--and possibly only briefly, managers admit--a Utah company lays claim to having made the world's fastest Linux-based computer.

"And the machine, put together by Linux NetworX Inc., is a behemoth. About the size of a tennis court, it provides 11 trillion calculations a second, according to Clark Roundy, vice president of marketing for Linux NetworX. 'To put that into perspective, it would take more than 11,000 PCs a day to do the same thing. Or one system 30 years to do what this system can do in a day...'"

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