High-Performance Linux Clusters

The present and future of high-performance computing.
Conclusion

The HPC market has made its choice, and the choice is the Linux OS due to its superior performance, lower costs and its community of open-source developers and vendors. Windows may have a lot to offer entry-level users, especially those with more limited resources or goals. Likewise, UNIX still has a lot to offer for many legacy HPC applications. However, both Windows and UNIX require more work to be able to deliver the same functionality and compelling price-performance value of Linux. The HPC market is more open and competitive than it has ever been, but it is clear that Linux is still the best choice for today and the foreseeable future.

David Morton brings 17 years' experience in supercomputing in both vendor and end-user roles to Linux Networx. Dave is responsible for leading the Linux Networx technology vision and directing the hardware, software and system engineering teams. Previously, Dave served as technical director for the Maui High Performance Computer Center where he was responsible for the definition and oversight of technology for this Department of Defense supercomputing center. He held several positions at SGI, including director of server I/O and continuation engineering and director of Origin platform engineering. Dave's experience includes eight years at Cray Research, where he was named inventor on three issued patents. Dave earned a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and an MBA from the University of Minnesota.

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