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Stephen Adler: Linux Big at Super Computing 2000 Conference

Nov 13, 2000, 20:52 (0 Talkback[s])
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"The show lasted 4 days, and I don't want to give you a full detailed account of what I saw, you'll quickly be off surfing to other sites if I did. What I'll do is focus on what I considered to be the highlights of the conference. And as you all now, I'm a bit of a Linux/Open Source/Free Software enthusiast, (Maybe I should rephrase that "Free Software/Open Source/Linux enthusiast (FSOSLE)", to give proper credit to Richard Stallman) and thus I'll tend to concentrate on those topics."

"First of all, the bit which I find most exciting was that Linux showed a major presence at the show. This is a direct fallout of Donald Becker's work on the Beowulf clustering software he and others helped create. Super Computers on the cheap was quite pervasive and most of the major computer vendors had some kind of Linux box or other. These include SGI, IBM, Compaq, and a boat load of smaller vendors. Noticeably absent was VA Linux, although there was at least one rack of VA Linux PC's on the show floor. There were several Open Source oriented talks as well. Most notably was Dr. Sterling's lecture on COTS (Commercial Off the Shelf) super computers, (I believe he's Donald Becker's professor who seems to be the guy to give the COTS Super Computer talks,) and the Open Source panel discussion which occurred on the last day of the meeting. More on that later. It was really neat to walk up and down the show floor and see all the stuffed penguin dolls siting on top of booths, nestled between racks of 1U 1GHz AMD PC's, and all the GNOME and KDE desktops which adorned many flat panel LCD consoles at the conference. One notable exception was Sun. No Linux there."

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