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Supercomputing Freakonomics - Finding Meaning Beyond the Headlines

Jun 24, 2011, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jim Zemlin)

"Twice a year, the Top500 Project publishes its list of the fastest supercomputers in the world. In the last announcement, we continue to see Linux dominating the list. This is nothing new since Linux has been dominating since the mid-2000s.

"In fact, Linux share in supercomputing looks a lot like Microsoft's historical share of the desktop market. I thought it would be interesting to take a step back and look at the performance capability of these computers as a whole and also how the rise of Linux is mirroring the geographical expansion of supercomputers."

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