But isn't it these mega $ projects that fund a lot of the development that
shows up later in the everyday boxes?  When the PowerPC chips were first
heard of I don't think we were thinking they would be running in AS/400s,
but that's where they ended up.  And it appears that IBM is leaning towards
developing universal chips it can use in all lines.  It would make sense
that as soon as the mega invoice is paid, they produce a bunch more and
announce bigger and faster models of everything.

Of course they'll need to come up with bigger brake pads to hold back the
interactive users! ;)

Jim Whalen
DCS Software and Services
PH 972 429-8238

----Original Message Follows----
From: Pat Barber <mboceanside@worldnet.att.net>
Reply-To: midrange-l@midrange.com
To: midrange-l@midrange.com
Subject: Re: Peek at iSeries future?
Date: Thu, 03 Jan 2002 16:14:18 -0500

I didn't really see the I-Series mentioned per se....

This is an old battle IBM fights on a regular basis with the press.

This is a "tiny" market for IBM(super computers) but really big $$$
so they continue to come up with the gee wizzzzz size boxes that are
faster than the speed of light.... Last I read, the RS/6000 still
holds the "title" for fastest of the Unix crowd...but that changes,
on what appears to be a daily basis.

For the blazing fast boxes, you need(but can't) see the boxes that
IBM develops for the good old government(give-mint).

I would bet that the boys at NSA and various other agencies have
some real sporty processors of varying speeds.... and because of
recent events, even more on order.

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