Petaflop Envy

We’re still hungry for more powerful computers, especially in the science and engineering fields, and it looks like the silicon architects are cheerfully rising to the challenge. Cray Computers plan to have ‘Baker’, a liquid-cooled petaflop behemoth, installed and running by 2008. IBM say they’ll have Blue Gene up to the same speed at the same time. But this is an international phenomenon; the Chinese, the Japanese and even the Indians are getting in on the act too.