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Aug 27, 2003, 11:30 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Linux admins, start checking out the HOWTOs and FAQs on Linux clusters. While they might not be as common as file and print servers, Linux-based supercomputers are increasingly showing up at medium and large-sized businesses to simulate everything from product designs to the company's own business processes.

"Large corporations have been using supercomputers for more than a decade. Global oil companies, for instance, initially used the machines to model the geology of potential drilling sites. Some companies began to use the machines to try 'what-if' scenarios about their own businessprocesses when advanced mathematical modeling applications became available. Only supercomputers could handle the dizzying number of variables that describe a large business..."

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