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CNET News.com: IBM taps Linux for watch, supercomputer

Aug 07, 2000, 21:47 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"IBM is thinking big and small in its strategy for the increasingly popular Linux operating system."

"IBM researchers have crammed Linux into a wristwatch to test the limits of the operating system and explore ways people can interact with tiny computing devices. In addition, the company is considering using Linux in its upcoming Blue Gene supercomputer, according to Ambuj Goyal, vice president of IBM research...."

"We're conducting research to test the capability all the way from small, pervasive devices...to very large-scale petaflop supercomputers," Goyal said. A "petaflop" supercomputer can perform a quadrillion mathematical calculations a second."

"The IBM prototypes are no ordinary wristwatches, however. On one hand, they're bulkier, and the rechargeable lithium-polymer battery lasts only two to four days. Yet the watches have as much memory and storage space as an older desktop computer. In two years, IBM expects battery life to improve to last several months, Goyal said."

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