News Burst: Linux helps in search for oil

Linux supercomputer is ten times more 'super' than the rest

A Linux-based supercomputer will be used by energy company Conoco to help search for oil beneath the earth's surface at a fraction of conventional computing costs.

The supercomputer uses a network of low cost single and dual processor Linux machines to carry out its calculations and is estimated to be ten times more efficient than a traditional supercomputer.

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