Mark, This computer is for the United States Department of Energy. Since the time when the United States agreed to stop live testing of its nuclear arsenal, it has used some rather heavy-duty computers to simulate explosions. A little over two years ago when IBM delivered the "world's most powerful supercomputer" to the Department of Energy, they were very clear about its purpose. See press release below on the 'ASCII White' supercomputer: http://www-1.ibm.com/servers/eserver/pseries/news/pressreleases/2000/jun /asci_white.html "Known as ASCI White, the RS/6000 SP supercomputer covers an area the size of two basketball courts and will be used by the Department of Energy (DOE) program to analyze and protect the nation's nuclear weapons stockpile." I would imagine that this new computer will be doing the same thing, although given the Bush administration's penchant for secrecy, if anyone said what it was for they might find themselves in an eight-by-ten chain link enclosure in Guantanamo, Cuba. http://www-1.ibm.com/servers/eserver/pseries/news/pressreleases/2002/mar /grid.html "The DOE Science Grid's goal is to enhance the ability of DOE scientists to explore the physical world through computational simulation and scientific experiments and analysis of the resulting data. The Science Grid will enable scientists at national laboratories and universities around the country to perform ever-greater calculations, manage and analyze ever-larger datasets, and perform ever-more complex computer modeling necessary for DOE to accomplish its scientific missions. In the future, supercomputers, data storage and experimental facilities at Lawrence Berkeley, Argonne, Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest national laboratories are expected to be connected to the DOE Science Grid." Regards, Andy Nolen-Parkhouse > email@example.com] On Behalf Of Mark Villa > Subject: RE: New iSeries model ? > > Now, if it's crunching Genome data, cancer cell research, theories, > weather > patterns, spatial data, world population, food and energy constructive > planning, count me in. > > You all know it will be pSeries, no question. The same brand mix they > put in > the lead at the Olympics. > > Hoping for the best, > Mark
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