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CNET: IBM to Build Fastest Supercomputers Yet

Nov 20, 2002, 01:00 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"IBM has won a $290 million government contract to build what are expected to be the world's two fastest supercomputers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the company plans to announce Tuesday.

"One machine, ASCI Purple for nuclear weapons research, will be three times faster than the world's current top-ranked supercomputer, NEC's Earth Simulator, which has been clocked at 35 trillion calculations per second, or "teraflops." The other machine, the Linux-powered Blue Gene/L for civilian research, will be 10 times faster than Earth Simulator, with a speed of 360 teraflops, according to IBM.

"Also included in the $290 million government contract is a third, smaller computer--a comparatively ordinary cluster of 944 x335servers and 32 x345 machines..."

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