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Enterprise Linux Today: Scyld Releases Latest Professional Version Of Next Generation Beowulf Clustering

Jul 19, 2001, 10:00 (0 Talkback[s])
"Scyld Computing Corporation today released the Scyld Beowulf Professional Edition, the latest version of its next generation cluster operating system software. Professional Scyld Beowulf greatly simplifies cluster setup, integration and administration, while providing seamless scalability. Coupled with documentation and support from the original Beowulf development team, Professional Scyld Beowulf provides the first true clustering solution that can be installed and run directly out of the box.

Beowulf cluster systems connect a series of computers together, using a modified version of Linux, to form a parallel processing supercomputer. The Scyld Beowulf Operating System improves upon traditional Beowulf clusters as all operations performed on the linked cluster nodes are initiated and administered through a single master node. Its Single System Image (SSI) design makes the cluster act and feel like a single computer. This drastically simplifies maintenance and eliminates common pitfalls of clustering such as version skew and runaway jobs. Scyld Beowulf only needs to be installed on one master node and will run clusters of hundreds of compute nodes. Professional Scyld Beowulf is a complete software system. No other software is required to create the cluster.

For industries such as energy, biotechnology and finance, there is growing commercial demand for High Performance Computing (HPC) clusters. Companies are looking for more cost-effective ways to analyze enormous amounts of data. One example of this demand is in the petroleum industry, where 3-D seismic modeling is used to locate oil fields. Because large amounts of data must be processed to create an image of a complex geology, seismic modeling is a very compute-intensive process. Such imaging turns raw, unprocessed data into a coherent image that accurately depicts the situation below the earth's surface, saving millions in reduced exploration and drilling costs and improved production."

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