"A few weeks ago, supercomputer maker Cray said that the next
quarter or two might be a little bumpy, but that it was pretty
confident that it would make its numbers for the year. And,
apparently, with good reason. Yesterday, the company announced that
it had landed a whopping $200 million deal to build an
Opteron-based parallel supercomputer that runs a hyped-up version
of Linux for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
"Whether or not this is the most powerful supercomputer in the
world when it goes operational in 2008 or not remains to be seen,
but this is the first commitment that any research institution or
government has made to pay for a petaflops computer so far..."