An Earthshaking Use of Open Source
Jul 08, 2008, 15:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"A German scientific research institute is using an open-source
database running on Linux and x86 hardware to store global seismic
activity data and to interpret that data. The purpose is to ensure
that countries around the world are in compliance with the terms of
the nuclear test ban treaty.
"The most recent nuclear test to violate the Comprehensive
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBTO) was North Korea, in late 2006. The
world was alerted to the testing thanks to the efforts of
monitoring stations around the world, including four stations under
the auspices of the German Federal Institute for Geosciences and
Natural Resources (BGR)..."