Supercomputer Boots 1 Million VMs

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Computer scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy have simultaneously booted one million Linux kernels, all of which ran as virtual machines on the Thunderbird supercomputer at Sandia National Laboratories. Thunderbird is a 4,480-node Dell-based computer cluster, with each node running 250 Linux kernels. The Sandia researchers say they will use the network of virtual machines to study the capacilities of large botnets of compromised computers. See Government Computer News for the full story.

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Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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