Windows vs. Linux Clusters


In the world of high-performance computing, the usually ubiquitous Microsoft, which dominates almost every other area of computing, has been ironically absent from life science clusters. Instead, the open-source Linux operating system, with its across-the-board application support, throngs of developers offering open-source applications, and overall popularity with IT administrators, has ruled the roost, occupying roughly 75 percent of the high-performance computing market in this field, according to a recent survey by market research firm IDC.

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