NCSA has a new tool called EMERGE that is designed to do queries across disparate databases running on different platforms. There is a port of EMERGE for Linux and it is open source. Read more at http://access.ncsa.uiuc.edu/CoverStories/Emerge/Language1.html
Jon “maddog” Hall during his Keynote address at the first annual Colorado Linux Info Quest, cited the University of Sao Paulo for developing a clustered Linux system to interpret mammograms within ten minutes of receipt (via FTP) from the hospital.
Maddog noted that this quick turnaround of mammogram results enabled patients needing immediate treatment to be notified before they sometimes even completed the visit paperwork. The sheer speed and power of the clustered Linux supercomputer made this feat possible, as no other technology available was able to come close (20 hours processing time was best time prior).
Just about every major news organization is reporting that the government has ruled against Microsoft in the Justice Department’s anti-trust suit. Read the nitty gritty government report. On the Nasdaq, Microsoft shares closed down 15.375 to 90.875 and took the Nasdaq with it, down 349 points to 4223.