Shell and IBM to Build World's Largest Linux Supercomputer

1024 IBM Linux Servers to Analyze Shell Exploration Data

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Paris - 12 Dec 2000: -- Shell International Exploration & Production
B.V. and IBM today announced that they will work together to develop and
deploy the world's largest Linux supercomputer. The supercomputer will
comprise 1024 IBM X-Series servers, packaged in 32 racks, all running Linux.

Shell will use this supercomputer to run Seismic and other geophysical
applications as a key part of its exploration initiatives. Data collected
in Shell exploration surveys, will be fed into the supercomputer. The
supercomputer will facilitate massive analytical and calculation capabilties in
researching the data.

"The fact that Shell has decided to run these applications on an IBM Linux
supercomputer demonstrates that Linux is coming of age," said Irving
Wladawsky Berger IBM Vice President of Technology and Strategy. "It
shows that Linux can scale to meet the high-workload demands of even
the most progressive supercomputing tasks.

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