Special Report

Special report: Linux clusters get supercharged

Are Linux clusters moving up the performance ladder? Can they take on supercomputers? How can businesses use clusters today? What types of clusters make sense for today's enterprises? This Special Report answers those questions and more. You'll hear from Beowulf creator Donald Becker, Cray Canada CTO Paul Terry and other high-performance computing experts. In addition, Emic CEO Eero Teerikorpi offers tips for choosing the right type of cluster. Then, our library of links will take you to more information about Linux clustering technologies, as well as term definitions and case studies.


Beowulf founder: Linux holds its own in high-performance computing
Beowulf founder Don Becker reflects on the legacy of Beowulf and its future in this interview. He also takes a hard look at Cray Canada CTO Paul Terry's claims that Linux clusters can't hold their own in HPC situations.

Cray CTO: Supercomputers outshine Linux clusters in HPC, Part 1
Linux clusters can not offer the same price-performance as supercomputers, according to Paul Terry, chief technology officer of Burnaby, British Columbia-based Cray Canada. In this interview, Terry explains that assertion and describes Cray's new Linux-based XD1 system, which will be priced competitively with other types of high-end Linux clusters.

Cray Canada CTO answers IT pros' HPC questions
Is high-performance computing only used in scientific labs? In this interview, Cray Canada chief technology officer Paul Terry answers this question, offers advice on how to choose the right HPC system responds to questions from SearchEnterpriseLinux.com's readers.

Linux clusters give HPC price-performance, PathScale exec says
High-performance computing (HPC) users are switching from supercomputers to Linux clusters, and enterprise IT shops are getting keen on that idea, too. Linux clusters cut down job times and offer stellar price performance for applications running over hundreds of nodes, according to Alex Rublowsky, product marketing director for PathScale Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif. In this interview, he explained why HPC on Linux makes sense. Also, find out which types of enterprise IT shops are checking out and what's ahead for HPC Linux clusters.

9i RAC is the ticket for StubHub
Case study: Online ticket broker StubHub has no time for downtime and apparently has no qualms about putting its bottom line in Linux's hands.

Emic CEO: Do you really need a cluster? How to find out
Emic CEO Eero Teerikorpi offers dos and don'ts for evaluating clusters and defines and compares types of clusters.

Linux clusters can have their day vs. supercomputers
In part one of this interview, Linux Networx marketing executive Eric Pitcher makes the case for Linux clusters against supercomputers.

Filling in the gaps among Linux clusters
Is the price right for a Linux cluster? Would it meet all of your company's needs? Get the scoop in part two of this interview with Linux Networx executive Eric Pitcher.


This was first published in August 2004

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