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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Cray CTO: Linux Clusters Outshined by Supercomputers in HPC, Part 1

Aug 18, 2004, 21:15 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

"What's the closest thing to a high-performance computing solution offered on Linux today? How does a Linux cluster differ from a supercomputer?

"Paul Terry: I'll answer those questions in reverse.

"Supercomputers and most Linux systems differ in their heritage, and as a result, in their architectures. Most Linux systems available today began life as computers for commercial applications--databases, information management, Web servers. Architecturally they fall into two camps: Linux clusters, where processors are connected through I/O links; or shared memory machines, where processors exchange data and instructions through shared memory..."

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