The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Champaign and IBM are putting together the world’s fastest Linux supercomputer. NCSA will install two Linux clusters using more than 600 IBM x330 thin servers, each with two 1GHz Intel Pentium III processors, running Red Hat Linux. The cluster will be the fastest Linux supercomputer and the fourth fastest supercomputer overall. The other cluster will run Turbolinux and will use Intel’s 64-bit Itanium processor. The clusters will have 2 teraflops of computing power and will be used for basic scientific research including the nature of gravitational waves.
In related news, last quarter, IBM avoided the downturn that effected so much of the computer industry that depends more on PC sales. IBM’s mainframe business was unhurt by the apparent saturation of the PC market.