"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
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