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SlashTCO: Carnegie Institution estimates $1m saving with API NetWorks/Linux Solution

Dec 01, 2000, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Miles Chesney)

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"Dr. Gotthard Sághi-Szabó, one of the laboratory's research scientists, and Dr. Alan Boss, an astrophysicist at Carnegie's Department of Terrestrial Magnetism (DTM), knew they could take advantage of clustering. The innovative software technology delivers supercomputer-like performance and reliability by linking a number of computers and leveraging inexpensive, off-the-shelf hardware. They also knew open-source Alpha-based subsystems would maximize value and performance for an academic institution watching expenditures. Puget Sound Data Systems, a reseller based in Bothell, Washington, and a top provider of Alpha systems to government and universities, worked with the Carnegie Institution to build the Linux Beowulf cluster."

"We needed a fast, 64-bit processor, especially for the memory-bandwidth hungry, floating-point, intensive operations our complex computations demand," said Sághi-Szabó. "API NetWorks not only provided the highest performance solution -- we tested it here in our labs directly against Intel's -- but also the most affordable, making it the obvious choice. I'm very satisfied with the price/performance ratio, and the money we are spending could not have even come close to the cost of a supercomputer." Based on Saghi-Szabo's research, the institution estimate that using the Alpha/Linux solution saved them over one million dollars."

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