TechNewsWorld: Zacharia said the lab would upgrade its existing Cray X1 supercomputer in the next few weeks and should improve its capabilities to 20 teraflops by December. Simultaneously, the lab will acquire another Cray machine of another design known as Red Storm and upgrade it to about 20 teraflops in early 2005.
"It's a great day for Oak Ridge and for science," Thomas Zacharia, ORNL's computer chief, said with a big smile and unbridled enthusiasm.
"Any time you have an opportunity to have the worlds best at anything, that's great," Zacharia said. "But more important is to bring about a fundamental change in how science is done and how computers are viewed."