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Oil company picks Dell, Linux

Petroleum industry consultant Compagnie G?n?rale de G?ophysique has bought 384 Dell servers running Red Hat's version of Linux for a new system to process data about the Earth's interior such as the details of oil wells, Dell is expected to announce Monday. The computational center will be in Houston, the company said. Linux machines, connected by high-speed networks in a configuration called Beowulf clusters, have become a popular way to provide low-budget supercomputers for some tasks.

Petroleum industry consultant Compagnie G?n?rale de G?ophysique has bought 384 Dell servers running Red Hat's version of Linux for a new system to process data about the Earth's interior such as the details of oil wells, Dell is expected to announce Monday. The computational center will be in Houston, the company said.

Linux machines, connected by high-speed networks in a configuration called Beowulf clusters, have become a popular way to provide low-budget supercomputers for some tasks.