It's the P6 now

Published: Tuesday 30 April 1996

The present generation of supercomputers has been using custombuilt processors which are very difficult to maintain. Now, if the Accelerated Strate~c Computing lnitiative, a US department of energy-funded project is successful, this may become a thing of the past.

The project envisages building a massive computer using high performance microprocessors of the kind used in personal computers. The machine will do 1.8 trillion mathematical operations in a second, an improvement of 10 times over existing machines. The basic processor used will be P6, the next generation processor after the Pentium.

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