The New York Times has a story on NSF's plans to award IBM a contract to build the fastest supercomputer on Earth – capable of handling a petaflop of computational data. According to the article, there are already critics of the expected deal. So far, opponents are arguing over the site of the machine (the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign won out among many bidders), its being used for just a few projects instead of being more widely available to scientists, and its oversight by the Pentagon's DARPA.
It May Turn Out to Be the World's Fastest Supercomputer, But It Still Has Hecklers
Aug 06, 2007