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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Massive Supercomputer to Manage Nuclear Stockpile

Having a supercomputer manage a nuclear stockpile? That is as scary as it is cool. Insert your own “Skynet became self-aware at…” joke here.

Because a computer this size has never been built, scaling the processor count, memory DIMMs and management subsystems comes with a level of uncertainty, Turek acknowleged. "This is not an exercise for the faint of heart," he said "When you push the limits of scalability you start to observe problems that were simply unanticipated."

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