Recent price cuts to IBM's previous-generation supercomputer (the Blue Gene/L) have allowed universities and research institutions to invest in supercomputing technology when they would not otherwise be able to justify the cost.
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When IBM PR folks sent me their press release on their recent efforts with the Mobile County Public Schools in Alabama, I was moderately impressed. They were harnessing a lot of data for educators but it hardly seemed revolutionary in this era of data-driven instruction.
I actually started pondering this a few days before the Novell-SCO ruling on Tuesday clearly put Novell in an important position as a "[defender of] Linux on the intellectual property front." Why, you ask, would a Googley Edu blogger be thinking about major players in the enterprise Linux market?
Google's going to win this one. They'll part with some cash, but in the end, they'll win.