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CNET News: IBM Supercomputing Goes Retro

Oct 26, 2004, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Even as IBM directs attention to the arrival of its Blue Gene/L supercomputer, the company is quietly preparing a new twist on an older technology that will let it more directly compete with rivals such as Cray and NEC.

"For decades, high-performance computing customers have used machines with 'vector' processors, which excel at certain mathematical operations and can quickly retrieve large amounts of data from memory. But the vast majority of business computers--and indeed most supercomputers today--use a 'scalar' design better adapted to general-purpose computing..."

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