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ZDNet Australia: Cost, Advancing Tools Foster Linux Clustering Choice

Nov 06, 2002, 11:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Grant Gross)

"Athwal, a computational scientist at the German company's San Diego division, said a supercomputer offered more processing power, and its high-profile vendor promised a generous support plan. But those benefits still couldn't get the LION team beyond the price tag.

"Besides, LION didn't need more processing power than the 44 nodes. If LION needs more parallel processing power to run bioscience software models and predictions, adding nodes is easy with a cluster setup; it's just a matter of a few more commodity PCs. With the supercomputer solution, the company would have to buy another supercomputer.

"According to Linux vendors and industry analysts, cost-effectiveness is just one of several reasons prompting more enterprises to choose Linux systems..."

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