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Yahoo Inc said on Monday it would launch an open source program for developing software for distributed computing, with Carnegie Mellon University as its first academic partner in the venture.
Yahoo has been a main supporter of Hadoop, an open source distributed file system that lets users process massive amounts of data. The company said it would make Hadoop available to academic research in a supercomputing-class data center.
Yahoo Launches Distributed Computing Initiative [reuters.com]
It also has to be noted here that this "distributed" thing is not what normally people might think of hearing about distributed computing, ie SETI@home and others - Hadoop is a file system and it won't work well over puny Internet connections, so this is really a LAN (1 Gbit+) solution, and really you would do well with 10 Gbit one.