IBM builds super computers from individual Linux computers
IBM wants to build the world's most powerful Linux mainframe from more than 600 individual Linux computers. The cluster, in which several processors and computers share the tasks of a mainframe computer, should be located in the supercomputer center at the University of Illinois.
The computing power will reach the 2 teraflops limit, which is 2,000 billion computing operations per unit Second corresponds. The system would then be one of the five fastest supercomputers on the Top500 list published by the University of Mannheim and Tennesee. The fastest supercomputer on this list, the ASCI White, also comes from IBM and has a capacity of almost 5 teraflops. The cluster is to be built up in a first phase from IBM servers equipped with Pentium III by February. Intel Itanium processors will be added in summer.