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Linux based Supercomputing

Linux Supercomputer Surge

September 18, 1999

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.