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Computerworld: Schwab Goes Live with Grid Computing Technology

Dec 23, 2003, 19:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"David Dibble, executive vice president of technology services at Schwab, said the grid system was jointly developed with IBM and currently connects 12 two-processor servers that are based on Intel chips and are located in the discount brokerage's Phoenix data center. Next year, San Francisco-based Schwab plans to begin rolling out the grid technology across thousands of low-cost servers with spare CPU capacity that could be used to speed up compute-intensive applications...

"It took a team of about 15 internal IT staffers working with a development team from IBM about a year to build the grid system, Dibble said. Schwab is using Globus Toolkit 2.0, a set of open-source software tools that support grid computing applications. The system links IBM xSeries 330 servers running Red Hat Linux and IBM's DB2 database. Both IBM's WebSphere and BEA Systems Inc.'s WebLogic application server software is being used..."

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