LinuxMagazine: Beowulf Breakthroughs
Tuesday September 16 2003 @ 02:25PM EDT

The genesis of Linux clusters in high performance computing

A commodity cluster of almost 10,000 PC processors running Linux has been installed and is operational at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), making it one of the world's most powerful computing systems. While this new system's performance is extraordinary, its components are rather ordinary, and commodity clusters are quite commonplace.

In fact, about half of the world's highest performing computing systems (as measured by the Linpack benchmark and registered on the "Top 500" list at http://www.top500.org) are commodity clusters, with more than 10% of these fastest machines running Linux.

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