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NetworkWorld: Don't think 'Lintel,' Part 2: Supercomputing with Linux on the Alpha

Jun 14, 2000, 19:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"Originally developed by Digital, the 64-bit processor is still said to be the fastest chip in the world. Although some Pentium III speeds are listed as higher than the fastest Alpha (750 MHz), the Alpha's 64-bit architecture can do twice the work of its most high-powered 32-bit Intel rival. Thanks to the open source nature of Linux and its ability to be ported to different platforms, Linux users around the world can take advantage of the Alpha's high-end computing power."

"Currently, only a few Alpha Linux distributions are available and well supported. They include Red Hat, Mandrake, SuSE and Rock Linux."

"Linux on the Alpha is not for Linux users looking to set up a reliable server for a minimal cost, given that Alpha hardware is usually more expensive than Intel-based hardware. ... However, for users looking to take advantage of Linux's reliability and open source nature for a powerful, highly available system, Alpha is a good platform to choose."

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