"Dr. Rotthäuser and Dr. Hagemeister from
Ingenieursgesellschaft IgH, based in Essen (Germany), were on board
among the European salvage team of 52, who lifted the Kursk from
its watery grave 108 meters below sea level in October 2001. Their
company's control software made sure that the Russian nuclear
submarine remained in a stable, safe position during the salvage
despite heavy seas.
In June 2001, the Dutch salvage company Mammoet first entrusted
IgH the mathematical simulation of the wave compensators. Its
purpose was a balanced tightening of the cables while the ship is
being lifted. Based on this model, the IgH then developed the
entire control and software concept for the salvage and implemented
it together with experts from the Dutch company Raster.
SuSE Linux was employed as the platform for the simulation. The
main reasons for this choice were its stability, the availability
of excellent software, and above all, its network capabilities. IgH
has been using SuSE Linux for the past six years in servers and
desktops. Thus, the company was able to acquire a lot of experience
in the application, system administration, and programming."