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LinuxWorld: Lightweight Linux for High-Performance Computing

Dec 05, 2006, 21:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laurence S. Kaplan)

"Linux has long provided an outstanding operating system for a wide range of users in a variety of settings. However, high-performance computing users, who must run applications on thousands of nodes, historically have faced challenges that Linux could not effectively address.

"These issues arise for a number of reasons. In the first place, installing a full, un-tuned copy of Linux--or of any full-scale operating system--on each node of a large-scale HPC system interferes with the efficient use of processor and communication resources..."

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