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WideOpenNews: New Big Blue Supercomputer Unveiled

Feb 11, 2000, 00:30 (2 Talkback[s])

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"IBM's retooled supercomputers offer businesses -- and eventually Linux users -- megaprocessing power."

"Big Blue continues to flex its muscles in the high-end computing market. Following a series of recent announcements heralding major advancements in processing technology -- new computer chips that run at five times the standard speed, developments in atomic-scale computing -- IBM today unveiled a new version of its RS/6000 SP supercomputer."

"The machines have been loaded with IBM Lab's copper chips, technology that IBM claims increases the model's speed by 87 percent. While the systems now run IBM's own AIX operating system, the computer maker is already test-driving Linux on supercomputing machines in a New Mexico lab. Says an IBM spokesperson, "We see Linux as an Internet technology, like HTML.... Linux will move into the marketplace, and we're going to make sure it can interoperate and run with our machines." IBM, which recently announced wide-scale commitments to the open source code, developed a variant of Linux that runs with AIX, but currently it only works on low-end systems."

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