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Re: GNU/Linux Clusters Made Easy and Spread Widely

  • Subject: Re: GNU/Linux Clusters Made Easy and Spread Widely
  • From: Rex Ballard <rex.ballard@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 13 May 2009 21:56:48 -0700 (PDT)
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On May 13, 11:52 am, Roy Schestowitz <newsgro...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

> Linux clusters made easy
> ,----[ Quote ]
> | Egan Ford, Linux cluster architect for advanced technical support with
> | Armonk, N.Y.-based IBM Corp., said a systems administrator with a proactive,
> | inquisitive attitude can run big Linux clusters with confidence in the
> | results, provided the system is well designed and tested and he/she takes
> | advantage of the excellent open source tools available.    

> http://searchenterpriselinux.techtarget.com/news/article/0,289142,sid...

Not to detract from the efforts of IBM, but NASA started doing
clusters (google Beowulf) as early as 1995, and published the Linux
HowTo in 1998.  Today, faster switches, higher speed connections such
as Infiniband, gigabit ethernet, 10 gigabit ethernet, and blades,
combined with multicore processors has significantly increased the
performance, and "cluster of clusters" technologies such as Globus
have enabled commercialization of clusters.

And before that, there were the WAIS clusters with Z39.50 protocol,
which was a search engine that could search other search engines.  The
WAIS team was originally designed by Brewster Kahle at Thinking
Machines who wanted to sell processor arrays.  The let Kahle and
others spin-off WAIS into a separate company, who offered commercial
support and customized implementations as well as licensing their
Z39.50 technology to other search engine providers.  WAIS Inc. was
purchased by AOL for $10 million, but they really didn't understand
the possibilities of WAIS and Z39.50.  Others expanded on those
initial concepts, and became key sources, such as Google.com, ASK.com,
and AskJeeves.com.

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