Samsung to co-develop Linux Alpha supercomputer

Cluster-in-a-box, apparently

Korea's Samsung, Zion Linux Systems, and the Korea Research and Development Information Center are to co-developer a supercomputer based on the open source operating system and the Alpha CPU.

The deal, according to a report in Korea's Maeil newspaper, will see Samsung provide processor and hardware technology that will be matched with Zion's clustering expertise.

Zion, says the report, has already developed a supercompting cluster, so it's not hard to imagine the focus of the research being on bring those techniques together into a single machine.

Samsung licenses Alpha from Compaq, of course, and in some ways has been a more vociferous advocate of the platform than has the Big Q.

The machine is set to be developed throughout 2000, presumably for release later this year or sometime early 2001. ®

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