Philippine government's official weather service, PAGASA, has ditched its SGI supercomputer and replaced it with a clustered Debian Linux system.
The machine will predict typhoons, floods, droughts, tsunamis and other wild weather conditions at a fraction of the cost. It is based around eight PCs running as a single node, connected via a gigabit switch, each with dual 64-bit Intel Xeon processors running the Debian Linux OS.
Alan Pineda, head of ICT and flood forecasting at PAGASA, said that Debian came out as the most stable Linux flavor for servers. The workstation preference among programmers is Ubuntu, which is basically Debian-based.