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Open Source Software Proves Affordable, Flexible for NIH, DoD

Oct 23, 2008, 07:31 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Elise Castelli)

"If NIH had used proprietary software to build the system, it would be much smaller than it is today because of the cost, Fellini said. Proprietary software similar to the open source software used for Biowulf would run about $370 per license for the 2,200 nodes in the system. That does not include the annual cost to maintain proprietary software, which could run as much as 10 percent of the original purchase cost of the software annually, Fellini said.

"Furthermore, if proprietary scientific software were running on the Biowulf cluster, NIH could afford to buy only a limited number of licenses and scientists would be restricted to that number."

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