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Enterprise Linux Today: Linux Supercomputing: IBM and Intel take it one step further

Jan 21, 2001, 16:39 (0 Talkback[s])
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"IBM has been one of the technology leaders in the supercomputing field for years and the world's fastest computer, ASCI White, was actually built by IBM. With a computational capability of 12.3 teraflops, 12.3 trillion calculations per second, the ASCI White is used by the U.S. Department of Energy to help ensure the safety and reliability of the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile without real-world testing. IBM was also quick to adopt Linux as an OS for their servers and super computers due to its open source nature, the maturity of clustering software, and the enthusiasm of the scientific community in working with Linux clusters as a means of achieving high-performance super computing."

"According to IBM, Linux clusters will soon be the most widely used architecture for parallel computing. To show that they're serious about Linux supercomputing they've recently announced that the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) at the University of Illinois will install two IBM Linux clusters, creating the world's fastest Linux supercomputer in academia, and the fourth fastest supercomputer overall in the world."

"IBM's commitment to innovation and their early adoption of the Linux OS goes to show that open source definitely has all the potential and scalability needed to handle even the most demanding computing tasks and opens up new possibilities in the field of supercomputing, all due to Linux' open source nature."

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