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Volume 2, Number 43 -- November 15, 2005

The Linux Beacon is taking a vacation next week and will resume publishing on Tuesday, November 29.

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Linux Clusters Continue to Expand in Top 500 Supers Ranking
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The number of parallel supercomputing clusters and the aggregate performance of these machines both continued their expansion in the latest Top 500 supercomputer rankings. The Top 500 list was announced at the SuperComputing 2005 tradeshow in Seattle, which is not exactly a coincidence. Microsoft, having seen Linux take off as the core platform on cluster supercomputers in the past five years, will debut its own Windows HPC variant at SC2005 this week. The question now is: Can Windows storm the Linux stronghold? READ MORE >


SGI Previews Next-Generation, Blade-Style Altix Supers
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

With the SuperComputing 2005 tradeshow raging in Seattle this week, a lot of the major players in the high performance computing market are making announcements, and Silicon Graphics, which has come under pressure to shore up its revenues in recent quarters, is hoping that a new line of blade-style supercomputers code-named "Tollhouse," due early next year, will help give it the sales bump it needs to turn the company around. READ MORE >

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Linux Networx Chases HPC Users with Supersystems
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The commercialization of Linux started at two different, but related, ends of the computer business--at the low end in the Web server farm and at the high-end in high-performance supercomputer clusters. In both cases, Linux was deployed because it was essentially free, tweakable, and ran on cheap--even old--X86 iron. While customers don't expect much more of a Web server than they did seven years ago, this is certainly not true of HPC clusters running Linux. Customer may choose Linux clusters for their supercomputers, but they expect a level of integration and management tools akin to those found on SMP systems. In short, they want tailored hardware and software, not raw commodities. READ MORE >


CA Spins Out Open Source Ingres Database
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

A year ago, after a massive management shakeup that saw the ouster of the top executives of the company, Computer Associates decided to take its Ingres relational database to an open source development and licensing model. The initial story back then was somewhat skeptical, because the database market had changed so much in the decade that CA had control of Ingres and it got lost in the noise about DB2, Oracle, SQL Server, Sybase, and MySQL database. READ MORE >


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   But Wait, There's More

OSDL's Patent Commons Ready for Grazing . . . Vendors Establish Open Invention Network to Acquire Patents . . . SUSE Co-Founder and Kernel Maintainer Quits Novell . . . Mandriva Hosts Global Install Party for 2006 Edition . . . Zend Studio 5 Ships with Commercial PHP 5 . . . Gupta, Wind River Chairman, Joins Red Hat Board . . . Aberdeen Report Pegs Growth in Midmarket ERP . . . READ MORE >

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights. Feel free to send a letter to the editor. Letters may be printed, unless otherwise specified, and edited for clarity or length. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Kevin Vandever,
Shannon O'Donnell, Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
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The Linux Beacon


Linux Clusters Continue to Expand in Top 500 Supers Ranking

SGI Previews Next-Generation, Blade-Style Altix Supers

Linux Networx Chases HPC Users with Supersystems

CA Spins Out Open Source Ingres Database

But Wait, There's More

The Four Hundred
Keep Your Perspective on Platform Costs

The iSeries Goes to Town in Local Government

Nomination Process for iSeries Innovation Awards Opens

Shaking IT Up: Preemptive Listening, a Tool of Tools

The Windows Observer
No Job Too Big for SQL Server 2005, Ballmer Boasts

Visual Studio 2005 Is So Ready to Rock

Fabric7 Creates Flexible Opteron Server for Linux, Windows

Atempo Adds Multi-Layer Security to Backup and Recovery Software

The Unix Guardian
Sun Moves Up Niagara Sparc Server Announcement

IBM Delivers Power5+ Unix Workstation

CA Spins Out Open Source Ingres Database

As I See It: The Dog Ate My Manners

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