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eWeek: IBM to offer support for Linux superclusters

Jun 08, 2000, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Popovich)

"IBM's powerful RS/6000 SP may be the world's most prevalent supercomputer, but the king of terraflop processing faces a new threat to its crown from a relatively low-cost newcomer, the Linux supercluster."

"Despite the threat it poses, IBM will soon begin offering support for Linux superclusters, according to an IBM official interviewed this week here at SP World. Such support may ultimately fuel faster adoption of Linux supercluster systems."

"Once prevalent only in academic and government research, supercomputers have recently seen dramatic growth in the commercial sector, driven in large part by the explosive growth of the Internet...."

"I see it as offering the best of both worlds," said Dave Gelardi, program director for business intelligent systems for IBM's RS/6000 brand. Customers will still be able to develop their own relatively low-cost Linux-based system, he said, while assuring themselves of access to IBM's technical expertise."

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