Washington Post: From Basement to Boardroom

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“When A.J. Rabassa, an 18-year-old Gaithersburg High School
senior, won a T-shirt in a raffle at the Baltimore Washington
Beowulf Users Group last week, he was introduced to the crowd as
‘the kid with a cluster in his basement.’

“‘Who doesn’t have a cluster in their basement?’ somebody

“Rabassa built his cluster–a group of computers connected to
amplify their power–using spare parts, with friends. Just for

“But to A.J. Rabassa’s father, Albert Rabassa, and the two dozen
other men and women gathered in the Tysons Corner conference room,
Beowulf, a way of building powerful supercomputers using
open-source software, is not just about fun. It’s about

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