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..1024 IBM Linux Servers to Analyse Shell Exploration Data..

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 xSeries
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
capabilities 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."

Notes to editor:

About IBM

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of leadership in helping businesses innovate. Drawing on resources from
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A pioneer in the design and manufacture of cutting-edge personal computing
solutions since 1981, IBM's Personal Systems Group (PSG) offers a
comprehensive family of products for optimised performance in a networked
world. These range from compact Work Pads and award winning ThinkPad
mobiles to powerful IntelliStation workstations, IBM eServer xSeries and
the sleek NetVista line of next generation desktops and thin clients. All
incorporate innovative IBM design features and is backed by the company's
unsurpassed worldwide customer support and service networks.

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