SJ Mercury: Plugged In: Linux Showing Up In Supercomputers

“Several high-performance computing centers, universities and
government laboratories are also looking at Linux, inspired by its
low cost, its development model of sharing software code and its
closeness to Unix, the operating system typically preferred by
engineers and serious computer designers.”

“Some of the supercomputing research community would like to
start moving to Linux,” said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, the general
manager of IBM’s Internet division and former head of the computer
giant’s supercomputing business. “In the high-end supercomputing
world, everyone is a small community and that model (of open source
software) is very appealing.”

“While Linux is not yet running any of the ultrafast,
teraflop-level machines, it is now being used by a few
supercomputing centers in so-called clusters or superclusters.”

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