MEDIA WATCH: News travels fast on IBM super-computer

IBM recently created a global stir by announcing that its new BlueGene/L super-computer had surpassed the world's fastest computer, allowing the US to regain the super-computing crown from Japan for the first time in three years.

IBM recently created a global stir by announcing that its new BlueGene/L super-computer had surpassed the world's fastest computer, allowing the US to regain the super-computing crown from Japan for the first time in three years.

News spread quickly of IBM's announcement, though the tests were not done independently. Horst Simon, director of the super-compu-ting center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, was widely quoted as saying, "That a non-US vendor like NEC had the fastest computer was seen as a challenge for the US computer industry." Most frequent messages 1. IBM claims to have the world's fastest super-computer 2. NEC had the fastest computer 3. IBM claimed unofficial bragging rights 4. BlueGene/L is still unfinished 5. BlueGene/L is smaller and less costly than Earth Simulator Based on 50 articles from major global media outlets from September 29-30, 2004 Evaluation and analysis by Cymfony

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