The implementation of Linux open source code, using IBM's resources, is gaining ground in government sectors worldwide.
India's premiere IT consulting organisation the National Informatics Centre has contracted IBM to deliver open solutions to India.
Deepak Phatak, Subrao Nilekani chair professor of IT, Indian Institute, believes the smallest villages can benefit from open source material. "The Government of India sees open computing as having the potential to drive economic development and information technology can spread to smallest of Indian towns and villages only through open standards."
Closer to home, IBM is expected to build what will become one of the top 10 fastest supercomputers in the world once it completes installation at the Army Research Laboratory Major Shared Resource Center . The centre is adding to its cache of computers that make up its high-performance computing systems.
The US Department of Defense will use the 10 teraflop (trillion floating-point operations per second) system to accelerate research of sophisticated military systems.
"IBM worked closely with the department to develop a powerful, Linux-based state-of-the-art supercomputing solution that would meet its needs and offer the reliability and ease of management to significantly increase the organisation's overall performance in the breakthrough defence technologies," said Dave Turek, vice-president of Deep Computing for IBM.
The mammoth system is built with a 2,304-CPU cluster consisting of 1,186 IBM eServer e325 nodes. The "brains" of the system, which each server will be equipped with, is dual-2.2GHz AMD Opteron processors; with a Myrinet interconnect running the SUSE Linux.
The new computer is part of "Technology Insertion 2004", a modernisation push to increase the defence department's high performance computing capabilities.
Hawaii and Oklahoma are also enlisting the aid of IBM along with Linux-based operating systems. In an effort at providing its state employee snapshots of the budge, Hawaii will use DB2 and Linux as their strategic database with a WebSphere Application Server gateway.
Oklahoma will put the superior speed that Linux can offer IT infrastructure to use in agencies such as child welfare. The state's zSeries mainframes will run Linux, which will improve response time in cases of child abuse where access to sensitive information is crucial.
Outside of the US Linux is also making inroads. Canada's southernmost county, Essexis, has put its financial applications on a Linux system running DB2 and Red Hat. More than 5,000Mbytes of data - ranging from general ledgers to accounts receivable - is currently being managed.
Written by LinuxWorld staff