seattlepi.com: Microsoft's Bill Gates will headline a major computer conference in Seattle this week -- but for some in attendance, the real technological star of the event will be the infrastructure.
The international supercomputing confab, SC/05, will bring together huge amounts of computer processing power and storage, running on what the conference leader calls "the world's most intense network" -- with a capacity of nearly half a terabit a second, or 100,000 times more than the fastest home connections.
Researchers and experts in high-performance computing will use all that power and capacity to conduct demonstrations and scientific experiments on a level not possible on their own. Examples include a massive analysis of data from telescopes, seeking to better understand how the universe will evolve. Researchers will also take on earthly challenges -- in such areas as automobile traffic and music information retrieval.