"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,