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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-06-23 Print this article Print

In other Linux news, SuSE Linux on Monday announced that SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for AMD64 technology was chosen by Cray Inc. to drive key aspects of the Department of Energys new massively parallel processing (MPP) supercomputer, called Red Storm, at Sandia National Laboratories. SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for AMD64 comes with an optimized kernel that enables high availability solutions and the high-performance interaction with storage systems in the SAN by means of asynchronous I/O and multipathing memory access.
Red Storm is expected to become operational in the late 2004 timeframe and will use Advanced Micro Devices Opteron processors featuring HyperTransport technology in conjunction with Red Storms high-bandwidth, low-latency internal switching architecture.
The Red Storm supercomputer will be used for computer simulations of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and other applications. "We selected SuSE Linux Enterprise Server for AMD64 because it combines innovative Linux technology with a powerful architecture for high-performance computing," said Wayne Kugel, Crays executive of operations for the Red Storm initiative.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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