Union Pacific: Distributed Network Case Study

Today railroads have gone high tech, with locomotives becoming mobile computing and communications vehicles. And Union Pacific, which helped make history more than 140 years ago, is using the latest technology to make more innovative connections. Specifically, the company is building a new distributed network that will control all 8,400 of its locomotives, traveling across 32,000 miles of track in 23 states.

The system, with an x86-based distributed processing platform running Linux as its foundation, will be the locomotive of Union Pacific’s operations. And helping power the system: Dell PowerEdge servers powered by AMD Opteron processors.

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