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."