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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Linux Clustering Finding its Way Into Enterprise

Sep 19, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Amy Kucharik)

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"Linux's upsurge in popularity as a data center platform is a natural offshoot of its proven performance in clusters, says Dean Hutchings, chief operating officer of Linux Networx Inc., in Bluffdale, Utah. His company is building one of the world's largest Linux clusters, named Lightning, for Los Alamos National Laboratory. In this interview, he explains how clusters increase application performance and why Linux and clusters are a good match.

"Why is Linux a good platform for clustering?

"Dean Hutchings: There are a lot of reasons that come from its open-source background. It's being developed by many of the brightest developers in the world. There is a large group developing the Linux operating system. Linux doesn't have a lot of the overhead that Microsoft or other operating systems might have, [which] don't add value when you're using them for high-performance computing. You're able to use the system to do what you want, and that's where the power is going. Bottom line: Price and performance is why Linux is used..."

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