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SearchEnterpriseLinux: Beowulf Founder: Linux is Ready for HPC

Sep 14, 2004, 19:45 (3 Talkback[s])
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"On the 10th anniversary of your creation of Beowulf, can you reflect on its impact on Linux and IT?

"Donald Becker: Ten years ago, clustering independent, commodity-class machines--and building, essentially, supercomputers out of them--was a controversial idea. At first, we put Beowulf clusters beside supercomputers to remove some of their workloads. But, Beowulf clusters are clearly supercomputers in their own right.

"I think that Beowulf and Linux have had a significant beneficial interaction. Linux was successful with a broad base of early adopters because it had excellent device support at a time when other similar operating systems supported only a very limited selection..."

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