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CNET: News.com: Beowulf computing method makes business inroads

Aug 06, 1999, 04:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Beowulf is a method of ganging lots of Linux-based computers together to tackle heavy-duty calculation jobs. It's sort of a do-it-yourself, low-budget supercomputer that's proven popular at universities and government labs.

"Now, the broadening appeal of the technique has led companies such as IBM and Compaq Computer to see Beowulf as a possible product to add to the computing lineup."

"We are very, very interested in this space and are looking at it very hard," said Tom Figgatt, who leads the e-business section for IBM's Netfinity server group. Beowulf Customers come from companies working on pharmaceuticals, oil searching, structural analysis, and visualization of complex data.

"And though Compaq is still focusing its Beowulf efforts on the scientific and technical community, the company sees commercial possibilities, such as converting the vast amounts of data in company databases into useful information..."

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