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Aug 02, 2000, 22:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"You've probably heard of Linux's use in highly visible clustering projects: for example, Google's 4,000-machine cluster, used to process millions of Internet search queries a day, or Beowulf scientific clusters that provide supercomputing platforms to government and university researchers at very low costs."

"A recent example of Linux's role in scientific clustering is the work done at the Sanger Centre in Cambridge, England, where a cluster of more than 300 Unix systems and 60 Linux machines have been hard at work decoding one of the great puzzles of our time: the human genome."

"After the PolyServe/SuSE alliance was announced, I spoke with PolyServe cofounders Michael Callahan, currently its CTO, and Roy Friedman, currently a technical advisor for PolyServe and a full-time professor of computer science (distributed processing and networking), about Linux clustering, in particular the PolyServe entry...."

"Understudy 1.3, the current shipping version, is a front-end clustering tool. Unlike a similar product, TurboLinux's TurboCluster, Understudy provides a distributed solution. While TurboCluster runs on a dedicated machine that sits between the network and the servers, Understudy runs on each server and controls the cluster in a collaborative fashion. With Understudy, cluster administration can be done from either server or another machine on the network."

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