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Jun 10, 2003, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Penguin Computing, a server maker that specializes in Linux-running machines, has signed an agreement to acquire Scyld Computing, the two companies plan to announce Tuesday.

"Scyld founder Donald Becker, a 'Beowulf' Linux supercomputer pioneer, will become Penguin's chief technology officer under the deal. In 1994, while working at NASA, Becker helped create the Beowulf method of linking numerous comparatively inexpensive Linux computers into a larger system. Becker also has been a key Linux programmer, writing network software for the operating system.

"Both companies have ample competition from larger server makers such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard and Dell Computer, but both have managed to survive in a grueling server market. Scyld creates management software that can be used to set up and run 'Beowulf clusters...'"

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