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CIO Insight: Two on Linux Clustering

Jul 31, 2003, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Debra D'Agostino)

Linux Clusters: Overcoming Obstacles

"CIO Insight reporter Debra D'Agostino spoke with Dr. David A. Bader, a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department and researcher at the Center for High Performance Computing at the University of New Mexico, about the differences between Linux clusters and supercomputers, and the challenges CIOs can expect to face when evaluating the two strategies."

"CIO Insight: Why are we seeing more and more companies choose Linux clusters rather than supercomputers?

"Bader: Initially, the attractive part about Linux clusters was just the price vs. performance. Linux clusters are much cheaper to acquire than supercomputers..."

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Linux Clusters: A World of Possibilities

"CIO Insight reporter Debra D'Agostino spoke to Rob Pennington, senior associate director of computing and data management for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) about the benefits and challenges of Linux clusters, and potential future breakthroughs.

"CIO Insight: What are some of the benefits—and challenges—to using Linux clusters rather than supercomputers? Is it just about saving money?

"Pennington: Well, that's one aspect of it, but there's another aspect of it that's extremely important, and that is you can use Linux on a larger number of different machines. You are not tied to a particular vendor..."

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