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Sandia National Laboratories, based in Albuquerque, NM, has released its Cplant cluster software to the public.

Cplant enables users to modularly assemble off-the-shelf desktop computer components into a supercomputer. The software is modeled after the system software that Sandia developed for the ASCI Red supercomputer built by Intel.

Developer Neil Pundit said the open-source release will allow researchers free access to a scalable, Linux-based, off-the-shelf computer, while improvements made by new users will be communicated back to Sandia.

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