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The American government's appetite for ever-bigger gobs of supercomputing power has been a blessing for IBM and Cray, and this morning it was Big Blue's turn to brag about two big deals it has scored with Uncle Sam. The first and smallest of the two machines, nicknamed Dawn, will be installed in the second half of this year at …

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  1. Peter H. Coffin

    "Dawn"

    What a fine name for a machine modelling Instant Sunshine....

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Yes, but......

    will it run Crysis in full mode?

    or (shudder) Vista?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Will it run crisis?

    Will it run crisis?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Joke

    All well and good

    But will it play Crysis on max settings and full AA?

    Sorry, it had to be said. I'll get my coat now.

  5. Tim Shears
    Paris Hilton

    WOW

    Nice to see my fine tax dollors go to a machine that can figure out how big a blast is but not how to fix the economy.....

    Paris because she like a good bang

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Next Stop...

    ...The NSA. I bet they'll get their hands on one soon!

  7. Ken Lord

    Notice from the department of redundancy department

    " the 36 racks that house these processing elements will take up 36 computing racks"

    Now that there is just some freakin' awesome reporting. Yeeehawww!

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  9. paul
    Paris Hilton

    imagine a bowulf cluster of those

    ... no, hold on, wait ...

    I'll get me coat.

    (Paris 'cos she loves a cluster)

  10. Justin Clift
    Heart

    Wonder how many solar panels it would take to power this?

    Wonder how many solar panels it would take to power this, and how much desert space would be needed?

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Alien

    Singularity in T minus 5 years?

    20PF is ostensibly enough for functional whole brain emulation. See http://www.fhi.ox.ac.uk/Reports/2008-3.pdf. http://www.mattbamberger.com/content/LetsBuildABrain. http://singularity.com/charts/page71.html. Is Rapture for the geeks closer than most of us realise?

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