The Red Storm has passed quietly over Celera’s radar screen. Sandia National Laboratories recently terminated a cooperative research and development agreement it signed in January 2001 with the company to build a petaflop-scale supercomputer. Compaq, “a major partner” but not an official signee of the CRADA, has also withdrawn from the project. Instead, the DOE lab has entered negotiations with Cray for a $90 million contract to build, install, and support the so-called Red Storm supercomputer.

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