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Beyond 'Big Iron' in Supercomputing

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Science  27 Mar 1998:
Vol. 279, Issue 5359, pp. 2030-2032
DOI: 10.1126/science.279.5359.2030

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URBANA-CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS-- A National Science Foundation effort is going beyond number-crunching muscle to merge supercomputers and visualization into a new information infrastructure. Two large partnerships, the National Computational Science Alliance and the National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure--the successors to four national supercomputing centers--will develop software to reap the benefits of the new "parallel" computer architectures and technologies that can coordinate computers and people linked over thousands of kilometers by high-speed networks.