CNET News: Two Linux Server Specialists Combine
Jun 10, 2003, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)
"Penguin Computing, a server maker that specializes in
Linux-running machines, has signed an agreement to acquire Scyld
Computing, the two companies plan to announce Tuesday.
"Scyld founder Donald Becker, a 'Beowulf' Linux supercomputer
pioneer, will become Penguin's chief technology officer under the
deal. In 1994, while working at NASA, Becker helped create the
Beowulf method of linking numerous comparatively inexpensive Linux
computers into a larger system. Becker also has been a key Linux
programmer, writing network software for the operating system.
"Both companies have ample competition from larger server makers
such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell Computer, but both have
managed to survive in a grueling server market. Scyld creates
management software that can be used to set up and run 'Beowulf