The world's most powerful computer will be on line in 1998. It will be 300 times faster than the ones in use now. It would take a person using a calculator 30,000 years to accomplish the work the new IBM supercomputer will perform in one second. The machine will assist projects such as developing new drugs and medical devices, improving weather forecasts, designing safer and faster airplanes and exploring space. The US Department of Energy is assisting IBM with a $93 million contract to build this new supercomputer which will result in a product 100 times more capable than the one IBM had planned earlier.
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