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+ - Best Linux dist for computational cluster?->

Submitted by DrKnark
DrKnark (1536431) writes "I am not an IT professional, even so I am one of the more knowledgeable in such matters at my department. We are now planning to build a new cluster (smallish, ~128 cores).

The old cluster (built before my time) used Redhat Fedora, and this is also used in the larger centralized clusters around here. As such, most people here have some experience using that.

My question is, are there better choices? Why are they better? What would be recommended if we need it to fairly user friendly?

It has to have an X-windows server since we use that remotely from our Windows (yeah, yeah, I know) workstations."

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+ - Fukushima: Day 42: How is a core cooled?->

Submitted by DrKnark
DrKnark (1536431) writes "Tepco has released more information about their plan to stabilize the Fukushima reactors(link 1, link 2).

They are basically facing 4 problems, ensuring long term cooling of the cores, ensure cooling of the spent fuel pools, prevent release of radioactive material and mitigate the consequences of the releases that will continue for a while. I want to speak a bit more about cooling in this blog post since it is the most crucial problem.

This is a blog by people very knowledgeable about nuclear power. It contains a somewhat day-to-day account of the events in Fukushima, as well as a lot of other info."

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+ - Swedish nuclear ban lifted-> 1

Submitted by DrKnark
DrKnark (1536431) writes "After 30 years (since the public vote in 1980) the ban on nuclear power in Sweden has been lifted. The decision means a maximum of 10 reactors in Sweden will be allowed, meaning old ones have to be shut down to start a new reactor. No government funds will be allowed to be used to subsidize any nuclear power endeavors.
However, the opposing parties have promised to reverse the decision if they gain power in the September election."

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