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8,000 PCs and Nothing to Do...

  • December 19, 2002
  • By Brian Proffitt

United Devices is only three-years old as a company but it comes by its venerable grid expertise honestly, having acquired a lot of its technical talent from the Seti@Home distributed computing project as well as the Distributed.net project.

The service that the MetaProcessor is fulfilling for Gateway is one of three niches the product can be found: the Alliance version of the MetaProcessor. United Devices also has an Enterprise version that handles on-site grid computions.

There is also the Global version, which is used solely to harness the power of volunteers on the Internet to solve needed public works projects such as anthrax research and genetic research, as well as the current cancer research project for the University of Oxford (though unfortunately, no client agent is available for the Linux or UNIX platforms yet).

The Global version of the MetaProcessor can managed the workloads of 1.9 million volunteer PCs, Kirchoff said.

Just this week, United Devices and NTT Data launched a large-scale three-month trial of grid computing in Japan.

Under the partnership, United Devices is combining the MetaProcessor platform with NTT Data's broadband networking expertise to provide an on-demand high-performance computing grid with up to 100,000 nodes.

So it is no surprise that is can handle Gateway's 8,000-node network.

Though Gateway has not defined a plan to market Linux on its desktops as of now, it is more than interesting that in order to generate more revenue, the company has turned to a Linux solution to meet its needs.

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