Lockheed Martin Uses Linux NetworX Cluster

July 14, 2000

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Sandy, UTAH — Linux NetworX, Inc., a leading provider of large-scale clustered computer solutions for Internet, industry and research fields, announced today that Lockheed Martin Corp. is now using its products to aid in the analysis of U.S. Navy aircraft. Linux NetworX uses the Linux operating system to build computer cluster systems, a method of linking multiple computers through high-speed networks to form a single, more powerful system.

Using a Linux NetworX R-Cluster system with 64 nodes (computers) and 128 processors, Lockheed Martin is assisting the Navy with evaluating the remaining service life of the EP-3E Reconnaissance Airplane. The high-computation powered R-Cluster helps Lockheed Martin compute the aerodynamic loads on the EP-3E plane throughout the flight envelope, as part of the Navy’s Service Life Assessment Program (SLAP). SLAP is a fatigue damage estimate and operational availability evaluation.

“We are extremely pleased with the products and services we’ve received from Linux NetworX,” said Jeff Layton, senior engineer at Lockheed Martin. “We are seeing a 40-times greater price-to-performance ratio over our past system and can now test and model four-times as many analyses in the same amount of time.”

Linux NetworX achieves outstanding price performance by building its cluster systems from high-quality commodity components and then implementing its proprietary easy-to-use cluster management and optimization tools. The proprietary management tools Linux NetworX provides allow a cluster system with any number of individual nodes to appear as a single image, or one system. These management tools allow the user to remotely monitor, access and manage the cluster system.

“Many companies, like Lockheed Martin, are looking for an end-to-end cluster solution to meet their high-computing needs,” said Clark Roundy, vice president of Linux NetworX. “The experience Linux NetworX has in providing manageable systems, combined with our excellent support services makes us a nice fit – and we do it all for a lower cost of ownership.”

Lockheed Martin plans to use its Linux NetworX R-Cluster system for the EP-3E project through 2001, and will continue using the system in other various projects demanding high-computation power in the future.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global enterprise principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced-technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s core businesses are systems integration, space, aeronautics, and technology services.

Linux NetworX ( http://www.linuxnetworx.com ) uses the Linux operating system to create an alternative to the “super computer” for organizations demanding high performance and low failure rates. With the use of cluster-computer technology, a method of linking multiple computers through high-speed networks to form a single more powerful system, Linux NetworX provides solutions for companies with high-computing needs, including Internet servers, research, industry, government and other technological fields.

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