18 months ago, Intel dropped off an SS4000-E NAS box for me to look at. It was a desirable little box on the surface – Linux-based, four drive bays, dual gigabit Ethernet ports – and I lost no time in installing it in the ZDNet UK Laboratory (Holloway).
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Less than a 10th the cost per GFlop of the $2500 supercomputerTake 8 PS 3 consoles, Yellow Dog Linux, a Gigabit Ethernet switch and your favorite protein folding or gravitational wave modeling codes and you're doing real science. On a Playstation!
Linux NetworX, a Salt Lake City start-up that assembles supercomputers out of large numbers of ordinary Linux-based computers, has named Stephen Hill president and CEO. In addition, Ethernet pioneer Bernard Daines has been named chairman. Hill had been acting CEO since Glen Lowry left the post in October and resigned from the board "in order to pursue other personal and professional interests," the company said in a statement. Daines, CEO of World Wide Packets, is a pioneer in Ethernet technology and helped to standardize 100 megabit-per-second and 1 gigabit-per-second versions. He co-founded Grand Junction Networks in 1992, a company sold to Cisco Systems in 1995, and founded Packet Engines in 1994, a company sold to Alcatel in 1998. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News