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LinuxHPC.org: Low Fees, No Fluster, With Today's Linux Clusters

May 02, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry C. Shannon)

[ Thanks to Terry Shannon for this link. ]

"Twenty years ago, VAXclusters were all the rage at Fermilabs, Los Alamos National Labs, a number of US Department of Defense three-letter agencies, not to mention a goodly number of large corporations requiring mass quantities of computational horsepower with excellent scalability and reliability.

"But the times, they have a-changed. For a variety of reasons, not the least of which was marketing malfeasance of Digital and the rise of Sun Microsystems, VMS found itself edged out of the HPTC market. One by one, VMS systems were displaced by UNIX systems in commercial and government markets alike. DEC's AltaVista, the first--and in its day, the best search engine on the planet--was powered by Digital UNIX. Celera Genomics relied on Digital TruCluster technology until IBM came in and made Celera an offer it couldn't refuse: free top-of-the Regatta boxes running AIX. Amazon.com, an erstwhile Digital UNIX marquee account, ditched its enterprise-class AlphaServers and went with HP enterprise servers. And eBay, for better or worse, runs on Sun UE10K high-end enterprise servers using (when they are up and running) the Solaris OS..."

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