Linux based Supercomputing
Linux Supercomputer Surge
Allegiance Global Investments (AGI), based near London in the UK, is now running its proprietary application for forcasting the derivatives markets on a Linux-based Beowulf system. Beowulf links together a cluster of low-cost PCs to form a single very powerful computer--but at a fraction of the cost of specialised high-performance hardware. The system had originally been developed using Microsoft Windows NT, but converting it to Linux gave a five-fold performance increase.
In another story, the US Forecast Systems Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado, has announced it will be buying a Linux-based supercomputer system for its weather forecasting. The system will use a number of machines using the Dec Alpha chip and running Linux.