Computer boasting from IBM
IBM is claiming unofficial bragging rights as owner of the world's fastest supercomputer. IBM says its still-unfinished "BlueGene System" can sustain speeds of 36 teraflops. For the uninitiated, a teraflop is one trillion calculations per second. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory says it plans to install the system next year with 130-thousand processors and 64 racks -- half a tennis court in size. The labs will use it for modeling the behavior and aging of high explosives, as well as for astrophysics, cosmology and basic science.