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Reuters: Sony Unit to Support Butterfly.Net Gaming Grid

Feb 28, 2003, 01:00 (2 Talkback[s])

"Sony Corp.'s video game arm will provide game developers with the technology they need to access a giant online gaming computing network run by private start-up Butterfly.net Inc., the companies said on Thursday.

"Butterfly.net, based in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, announced last year that it had signed a deal for International Business Machines Corp. to build a computer network that uses software to shift computing resources as needed, allowing it to support a million players or more...

"The computing network, or grid, is built with computer servers from Armonk, New York-based IBM. The servers run IBM's integration and database software and are located in two IBM data centers. They also run the Linux operating system, which is an open source system that is free to be copied and modified..."

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