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Opinion: High-performance nonsense

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| Quiz time. Get out your No. 2 computers and answer the following question:
| For the fastest and most reliable high-end computing for your enterprise,
| will your operating system be 1) Linux, 2) Solaris, 3) OpenVMS or 4) Windows?
| [...]
| Microsoft, after spending decades paying no real attention to
| high-performance computing, wants to be an HPC player with the release of HPC
| Server 2008. Can you believe it? Yes, there was Windows Compute Cluster
| Server 2003. After a long search, I found one user. He told me, "Updates that
| require reboots are far too frequent for production-use systems," "Jobs
| randomly crash," and "Few HPC applications actually support Windows compute
| nodes."



Building an HPC Linux cluster has gotten simpler, Beowulf leader says

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| Donald Becker, an MIT grad who in the 1990s pioneered high-performance
| computing (HPC) with commodity components, returned to his alma mater
| recently to update the Boston Linux & Unix User Group (BLU) on the state of
| HPC and his work to make Linux clusters more powerful, more user-friendly and
| easier to manage.
| Now Becker is the CTO of Scyld Software and its parent company, Penguin
| Computing Inc.. In 1994, he helped launch NASA's Beowulf Project which
| demonstrated that $50,000 of commodity hardware, clustered together, could
| equal the performance of a $1 million Cray supercomputer. For his work, he
| received the Gordon Bell Prize from the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and
| Electronics Engineers Inc.) Computer Society in 1997.


Purdue IT Staff Builds Supercomputer In A Half Day

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| Dwight McKay, Purdue's director of systems engineering, said Steele is
| running Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.0. It's running a number of scientific
| programming libraries, typical scientific applications, and the cfengine, an
| open source management tool for running a large cluster.


Linux in more than 90% of top supercomputers

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| Other operating systems, such as AIX (4.8%), Solaris (0.4%) and Mac OS X
| (0.4%) make the list, but Linux is alone at the top, where it is used in 459
| systems or 91.8% of the top supercomputer systems. *

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