August 23, 2001

Linux supercomputer to be used for drug research

Author: JT Smith

Network World Fusion reports that Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. will construct a Linux supercomputer to aid its drug research and development efforts. The hardware end of the cluster features 56 computers each running 2 933MHz Pentium III processors, and will be provided by OSDN/NewsForge parent VA Linux. The software end of things will be handled by Boston's Blackstone Computing. A Vertex spokesman said Linux was chosen for its ease of use: "It's very important for our scientists who don't want to become computer jockeys."


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