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SuSE.com: SuSE Linux in Action During the Salvage of the "Kursk"

Nov 29, 2001, 15:08 (7 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Jostein Berntsen for the tip. ]

"Dr. Rotthäuser and Dr. Hagemeister from Ingenieursgesellschaft IgH, based in Essen (Germany), were on board among the European salvage team of 52, who lifted the Kursk from its watery grave 108 meters below sea level in October 2001. Their company's control software made sure that the Russian nuclear submarine remained in a stable, safe position during the salvage despite heavy seas.

In June 2001, the Dutch salvage company Mammoet first entrusted IgH the mathematical simulation of the wave compensators. Its purpose was a balanced tightening of the cables while the ship is being lifted. Based on this model, the IgH then developed the entire control and software concept for the salvage and implemented it together with experts from the Dutch company Raster.

SuSE Linux was employed as the platform for the simulation. The main reasons for this choice were its stability, the availability of excellent software, and above all, its network capabilities. IgH has been using SuSE Linux for the past six years in servers and desktops. Thus, the company was able to acquire a lot of experience in the application, system administration, and programming."

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