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May 24, 2000, 17:15 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It's not moonshine, but Linux that's fueling a University of Kentucky parallel supercomputer whose creators claim it has demonstrated performance exceeding 1 billion floating point operations per second (GFLOPS) for every $650 spent on building the machine."

"The approach used to design and build this machine makes it cost-effective for solving a wide range of problems, from drug design using computational chemistry to design of quieter printers using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)," said University professor Hank Dietz about the machine named KLAT2 for short. Its birth certificate officially reads: Kentucky Linux Athlon Testbed 2."

"According to Dietz, you don't always get what you paid for. "To function as a supercomputer, the PCs within a cluster need to be interconnected by a high-performance network. Instead of expensive gigabit network hardware, KLAT2's network uses lots of cheap 100Mb/s Ethernet hardware in a new configuration called a `Flat Neighborhood' network."

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