Extreme Linux, by Forrest Hoffman

Posted by dave on Jul 28, 2004 9:20 AM EDT
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A little over a year ago, Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI, http://www.sgi.com) announced a new 64-bit supercomputing platform called the Altix 3000. In a break from its tradition of building large machines with MIPS processors running the IRIX operating system, the Altix uses Intel's Itanium 2 processor and runs -- you guessed it -- Linux. Unlike Beowulf-style Linux clusters, SGI's cache-coherent, shared-memory, multi-processor system is based on NUMAflex, SGI's third-generation, non-uniform memory access (NUMA) architecture, which has proven to be a highly-scalable, global shared memory architecture based on SGI's Origin 3000 systems.

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