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Enterprise Linux Today: Shell and IBM to Build World's Largest Linux Supercomputer

Dec 12, 2000, 16:35 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"Hot on the heels of last week's Telia deal, IBM has announced another high-end Linux deployment: it will be teaming with Shell International Exploration & Production B.V. to develop and deploy the world's largest Linux supercomputer. Built out of 1024 IBM xSeries servers and packaged in 32 racks, the supercomputer will run Red Hat Linux."

"Shell plans to use the supercomputer, valued in the millions of dollars though officials declined to place a specific price tag on the deal, to aid in oil exploration with seismic and other geophysical applications fed with information from Shell exploration surveys."

"Though this is the second time Red Hat will provide the distribution for a high profile, major deployment (the last being the Lawson server deployment in Japan), IBM's Vice President for Global Linux Strategy Steven Solazzo said decisions about which distribution to use aren't determined by IBM, as in this instance:"

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