September 24, 2002

Lab to sample Linux for weapons work

"Los Alamos National Laboratory is buying a $6m (£3.8m), 2,048-processor Linux supercomputer to run its nuclear weapons simulation software, an effort that will test the limits of these less expensive megamachines.

The lab has been a pioneer in building inexpensive supercomputers made out of ordinary computing components and the Linux operating system. Thus far, however, LANL's nuclear weapons simulation software runs on more expensive systems from SGI and Hewlett-Packard such as HP's $215m "Q", now under construction."

Link: ZDNET.co.uk

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