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A 1000-node Beowulf cluster is being used for commercial purposes by the folks at Genetic Programming, Inc. Genetic Programming is a massive "generate and try" technique for "evolving" useful programs for specific tasks. It is a problem that breaks apart very nicely into a massively parallel solution, and is thus well suited to Beowulf systems.
Genetic Programming hopes to evolve programs which are competitive with (or even better than) programs created by humans. They mention the possibility of the creation of patentable inventions as well. There is clearly some real money which has high hopes for this approach: the creation of a 1000-node cluster is not an inexpensive thing to do.
For details, see Genetic Programming Inc.'s home page, discusses their goals and includes a couple of pictures of the system. They also have a separate page describing how the 1000-node system was built.
Cheap Linux PC's in Paris. GrosBill Micro is now offering a system with many of the usual lower-end PC amenities: Celeron processor, 64MB memory, modem, and even a monitor - and with Linux-Mandrake installed. Cost is 5,990 Francs, or about $960 as of this writing.
Commercial support for Linux-Mandrake in the U.S. MandrakeSoft has entered an agreement with Bynari Systems Group wherein Bynari will provide commercial support services to Mandrake users in the U.S. Options go from per-incident through to hard-core on-site support.
IDC has announced a new study which reveals that use of Linux is increasing. "In 1997, IDC conducted a similar survey but could not report any conclusive findings about Linux because it was used by such a statistically small percentage of survey respondents. However, 13% of respondents in IDC's current study said they now use Linux."
Linux support is also growing judging from these announcements. This one from SCO describing their new "Linux Professional Services", and this one from Linux Press on the publication of a new book: The Best of Linux Distributions. From the description in the announcement, it looks like it could be a useful reference work with information on the differences between a few popular distributions.
LinuxWorld was a catalyst for a number of announcements and press releases:
SGI has a
video entitled 'Linux OS and Its Future. Reports from Linux World
Expo, San Jose, CA August 10-11'.
Section Editor: Jon Corbet.
August 19, 1999