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ComputerWorld: IBM, Canadian research firm team up on Linux/Unix cluster

Jan 31, 2001, 23:22 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd R. Weiss)

"Continuing a string of announcements related to the development of high-performance Linux systems, IBM today said it's building a server cluster that will combine the open-source operating system with Unix for use by a Canadian firm doing advanced medical research work."

"The deal between IBM and Toronto-based MDS Proteomics Inc. is aimed at developing a supercomputer that can handle 700 billion floating-point operations per second and that will let scientists at the research firm conduct complex analyses of proteomics - the study of proteins and how they function. The two companies said they also plan to create a free online protein analysis database that will be accessible to scientists and other users from outside of MDS Proteomics."

"Interestingly, the supercomputer will run Linux under the direction of a Unix server that will control the operations of the cluster, said Dave Gelardi, director of IBM's Deep Computing division. The cluster will be built using 300 of IBM's Linux-based xSeries 330 servers, assembled in three separate 100-unit nodes. Each server will contain dual 1-GhZ Pentium III processors and 2.2GB of memory, according to Gelardi."

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