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The Linux Sandwich of 2009

Jan 09, 2009, 21:33 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Now let's skip up to the top of the 2009 Linux Sandwich, which is the open source operating system’s dominance in supercomputing. In ultra high-end computing, where the fastest and most powerful supercomputers are ranked on the list of the Top500 Supercomputer Sites, Linux maintains more than 90% share of the operating systems in use, with no other OS coming close. The strength of Linux in this space, where it is used primarily in clusters, is reinforced by an interconnect and application ecosystem, contrary to where Linux has been historically in most markets. We also see increased competition in HPC as Red Hat goes after higher-end Unix replacement business, Novell looks to maintain SUSE Linux strength, and Microsoft hopes to take advantage of broader enterprise use of HPC with its Windows HPC Server software."

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