Thursday, June 28, 2007

Chest-beating Race 

There is a form of publicity as old as man. That form is chest beating. You have a rock. Well, I have a spear. You have a spear. Well, I have a bow and arrow. And so on. It's happening right now in the supercomputer business where IBM and Sun Microsystems are busily claiming that each is leapfrogging the other in computer speed. You have 500 teraflops. Well, I have a petaflop.

It's fun to see this kind of race when it benefits the human race. Unfortunately, some of these machines will be used to design nuclear weapons. Still, the amazing advance of computer power is a public relations plus for both companies.


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