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[News] Gentoo GNU/Linux Alive and Well on Supercomputers

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Supercomputer niche chucks rocks at Nehalem

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| The SiCortex super runs a variant of Gentoo Linux and has a tweaked version 
| of the Lustre open-source clustered file system controlled by Sun and used by 
| many supercomputer centers. Sun bought the company behind the Lustre project 
| in September 2007.   
| SiCortex bought parallel-compiler maker PathScale in August 2007 and ported 
| the compiler stack to its MIPS-based Gentoo rev. SiCortex also replaced the 
| Linux boot sequence and added system-management tools, but Leonard says that 
| the machine looks and feels like any normal Linux-based Beowulf cluster.   



SiCortex cranks clocks on mega MIPS machines

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| Supercomputer maker SiCortex launched its first MIPS-based Linux machines
| back in November 2006 and has been gradually ramping up sales. To help make
| its sales pitch easier, the company this week announced a kicker to its
| original boxes, which now support faster processors, a tweaked software
| stack, and manufacturing costs that SiCortex is passing on to its customers
| as lower prices.
| [...]
| In the wake of its acquisition of compiler expert PathScale, SiCortex has
| done a MIPS port of the compiler suite and has also done a lot of work on the
| libraries and systems software in the variant of Gentoo Linux (one of the
| many flavors of Debian Linux out there) and the Lustre clustered file system
| used SiCortex iron.


Penguin Computing and Altair to Deliver Enhanced Utility to HPC Cluster Users

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| Altair, the leader in grid-computing, workload management and CAE
| applications, and Penguin Computing, a leading provider of HPC clustering
| solutions, announced today their partnership to deliver Linux HPC clusters
| with unprecedented ease of use to the rapidly growing technical computing
| market.


Linux still super in Top500

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| In the June 2008 Top500 list, Linux still lives large with a role in 92% of
| systems (It is the only OS for 85.4%, but when considering all distributions
| (SUSE, Red Hat, CentOS, and general ‘Linux,’ as well as mixed uses that
| include Linux, I figure the share is more like the 92%).

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