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Smallpox fight wins more computing help

The Centers for Disease Control have purchased a Linux Networx cluster to help improve the vaccine for smallpox, the company said Monday. The Linux system, with 40 Athlon MP processors from AMD, will be used to seek a new smallpox vaccine.

The current vaccine hasn't been improved in 30 years; of the 25,645 people vaccinated since the United States began a response to possible biological weapons attacks, 19 have had moderate to severe reactions, according to the CDC. IBM also is also involved in the smallpox fight. The Defense Department is funding its system, which is being used to seek a smallpox cure for people who come down with the disease.