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Old 08-01-2013, 01:52 PM   #1
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Report: Linux is Driving Innovation and Affordability in Supercomputing

When most of us think about supercomputers, we think about closet-sized machines loaded with exotic and expensive technologies developed at great expense. However, if you actually look at the state of supercomputing, off-the-shelf components and open source platforms are playing an important role. In fact, The Linux Foundation has released an analysis paper on 20 years of data collected by the supercomputer list. The Top500 list has ranked the world’s fastest supercomputers since 1993. The paper shows that Linux has become the dominant OS running on Top500 machines over the past decade.

In a blog post about the findings, Libby Clark notes:
"RMax, the measure by which computing power is ranked on the Top500, has grown steadily over the past 20 years with advances in hardware and system architecture starting at gigaflop/second in 1993, and increasing by a factor of three to petflop/second in 2013. But when the sum of RMax for each year is broken out by operating system over this same time period, it shows a meteoric rise of Linux as a percent of total computing power, starting in the mid 2000’s."

“Linux is not only responsible for supporting the majority of supercomputers today, but it also was the single driving force behind the disproportionate growth in supercomputing capacity over the past decade," the Linux Foundation paper reports.

This is no small development. If you get into one of those discussions about whether Linux is a success or not with anyone, tell them about Linux's growing dominance on supercomputers.
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