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O'Reilly Network: Linux Clusters - Using Linux for Power Computing

Jun 17, 2000, 13:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David HM Spector)

"If there weren't enough reasons to use Linux in the enterprise these days -- besides the cost savings, speed, performance, and the growing list of open source applications that range from embedded applications like the TiVO personal video server though enterprise RDBMSs like DB2 and Oracle -- Linux has now firmly established itself in the rarefied air at the top of the computing world in bleeding-edge supercomputers."

"Pioneered by Thomas Sterling and Donald Becker while both were at NASA's Center of Excellence in Space Data and Information Sciences (CESDIS), several of the fastest computers in the world are "parallel clusters" composed of large arrays of off-the-shelf Linux systems."

"Parallel Linux clusters, better known by the name "Beowulf clusters" (after a middle-English mythic hero), are being used for weather prediction, high-energy physics, code breaking, as well as more down-to-earth applications such as data-mining, computer-generated animation, and massive multiuser games."

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