"The University of California, Irvine has bought eight IBM
computers to run an interconnected collection of global climate
"The overall system, which cost more than $1 million, consists
of eight p655 machines, each with eight 1.5GHz Power4+ processors,
and one p690 with 32 1.7GHz Power4+ processors, according to IBM
and the university.
"The p690 runs a simulation of the Earth's ocean, while the p655
systems model the Earth's land, atmosphere and sea ice, said
Charlie Zender, assistant professor of Earth system science at the
university. One of the p655 systems shares data among the
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