With the help of a number of computers running Linux, researchers in Canada have managed to make a huge breakthrough in tackling SARS.
The scientists at the Genome Sciences Centre in Vancouver, used a 232-node Linux cluster to discover the genetic sequence of the coronavirus that is responsible for SARS.
The sequence was completed using one millionth of a gram of purified genetic material from patients in Canada that carried the virus, supplied by the National Microbiology Lab located in Winnipeg.
Doctors were able to start working on diagnosing a test for the virus, as well as anti-viral drugs to fight it.
The Linux cluster that scientists used to conduct their research was developed over three years, and it contains more than one generation of Intel processors, all of them containing 1GB of memory.