Analyzing streaming data is an interesting application for a supercomputer, and apparently IBM just sold a prototype of its “System S” to TD Securities, a Canadian investment bank. But what actually caught our eye was this: it’s based on Fedora 8 running on PowerPC 450 cores (BlueGene/P).

Of course, it’s no secret that the Fedora community seems eager to de-support PowerPC as soon as they can. One can only wonder if future systems like this will be forced to use Debian…

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