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GCN: Tera Rex: How supercomputing is roaring back

Jul 07, 1999, 16:12 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan M. Menke)

Thanks to Bob Grabau for this link.

"And a new race was on. Tall racks of interlinked commodity PCs, some casually named LOBOS for lots of boxes on shelves, grew up in NASA and Energy Department laboratories as well as at other federal sites. Researchers could string them together and unhook them as needed.

"The crucial choice of a Beowulf operating system -- freeware Linux installed on each node -- met the federal researchers' need for open source code they could modify to fit their experiments. Coincidentally, it set off an OS revolution of its own.

"Hardware vendors took note of what the users were doing. Leading makers such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard Co., SGI and Sun Microsystems A supercluster of Defense Department and federally funded research sites calling itself the National Technology Grid already reaches all the way across the United States to the Maui High-Performance Computing Center in Hawaii. A typical site on the grid has several hundred Pentium II processors in nodes running Linux, Microsoft Windows NT or proprietary Unix..."

Complete story.