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May 26, 2000, 02:23 (6 Talkback[s])
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"AMD's 3DNow technology was designed to improve the 3D graphics of games. But the feature can also be used to speed up mathematical calculations, said Hank Dietz, a professor at the University of Kentucky and the architect of a new 64-processor Linux supercomputer built out of 700-MHz AMD Athlon microprocessors."

"The machine, called the Kentucky Linux Athlon Testbed 2 (KLAT2), is a "Beowulf" computer, a collection of smaller computers networked together to throw their collective might at a single computational task. Each of the nodes of such machines typically runs the Linux operating system, a clone of Unix that's popular in academia because it can be tweaked as much as a researcher wants."

"KLAT2 isn't very powerful compared with some Beowulf systems. But it's only a step on a path to greater glory for AMD and the University of Kentucky's computing program. Within the next year, Dietz expects his university will have made a supercomputer with at least 1,000 processors and perhaps as many as 4,000."

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