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PSCU: Do it Yourself Supercomputing

Nov 27, 1999, 17:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Fitzwater, Ken Henningsen)

"Not only is Linux making inroads in such varied roles as file serving and hosting Internet services (Web, email, ftp) in the corporate world, it is beginning to push into the computational heavy world of supercomputing. It turns out that you can take a bunch of relatively cheap Linux boxes (or PowerPC-based Macintosh boxes-more on that later) and network them together to form low-cost, high-power, number-crunching computer clusters."

"Now, processing capabilities that just eight years ago required a Cray Y-MP at a regional supercomputing center are becoming available to just about any organization. And I mean any organization-as you'll see later in this piece, middle-school students have been building some supercomputing clusters of their own."

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