Orbital Sciences' use of Linux clusters for solving
fluid dynamics problems.
"Orbital began to consider investing in its own high-power cluster. Fluent was using big Linux Networx clusters to do computations for Orbital and its other clients. A Linux cluster would be horizontally scalable, able to expand as Orbital's business grew.
"We looked at some Sun clusters, but finally decided to go with Linux Networx because of the lower costs involved," Holst said. So in October 2003, Orbital bought and installed one of Linux Networx' "Evolocity" clusters, equipped with 24 Intel Xeon processors and Fluent 6.1 CFD software.
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