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

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'

"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

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.

"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."

Andy Nolen-Parkhouse

>] 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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