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Enterprise Linux Magazine: Open Source Gets Hyper

Jun 04, 2000, 17:59 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon William Toigo)

"Heterogeneous Hyperclusters Prepare to Dazzle at the University of New Mexico."

"Meanwhile, the Albuquerque-based AHPCC has also received recognition for innovation. In 1999, AHPCC created "the first supercluster based on [the] production Linux operating system," Gilfeather says. Comprising 64-nodes, each with 128 Intel 450 MHz Pentium II processors, and interconnected via a Myrinet network, the solution, dubbed 'Roadrunner' by the HPCERC and partners Intel and Alta Technology Corporation, demonstrated the viability of building an inexpensive, high-performance, application processing supercluster using the open source operating system and commodity hardware."

"Roadrunner demonstrated its efficacy by running both traditional, high-performance computing applications and emerging national information infrastructure applications, such as scalable Web serving, interactive visualization/data exploration, information serving and data mining. Today, the system in an integral part of the National Science Foundation's National Technology Grid - a national-scale prototype of 21st century technology infrastructure, overseen by NSF and developed by a 50-member National Compu-tational Science Alliance."

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