Developers release Linux for clustered computing

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Developers release Linux for clustered computing

A group of French developers has released Clic, the first version of a Linux distribution intended to ease administration of PC clusters.

Clic is a collaborative project of partners including software and services firms MandrakeSoft and Bull and a Paris research laboratory.

Released free under the General Public Licence, Clic is designed to allow users to connect together low-cost PCs to handle the kind of complex computational tasks usually tackled by expensive supercomputers.

The initial Clic release has been tested on 20- and 40-dual AMD processor clusters at the LPM2C physics research centre in France. Support for Intel's Itanium 2 processors is scheduled for availability in 2003.

The Clic software is available at http://clic.mandrakesoft.com/index-en.html

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