"Thunder, a supercomputer recently installed at Lawrence
Livermore National Laboratory, is possibly the second-most powerful
computing machine on the planet--and it was built by a company with
about as many employees as a real estate office.
"California Digital, a 55-person company located on the
outskirts of Silicon Valley, created Thunder from 1,024
four-processor Itanium 2 servers to perform a variety of tasks at
the lab. Capable of churning 19.94 trillion operations per second,
it would have ranked second in the Top 500 list of supercomputers
published bi-annually by the University of Mannheim, the University
of Tennessee and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, had it made
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