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IBM gets behind physics research

The University of Rochester will use five top-end p690 "Regatta" Unix servers from IBM for physics and computing research programs, Big Blue plans to announce Thursday. IBM awarded part of the hardware through a grant.

Four 16-processor machines will be used to investigate fusion, the energy source of the sun, and the birth of stars. In addition, a 32-processor machine will be used to investigate "complexity-adaptive processing," in which a computer changes its own chips' configuration so that only the necessary parts of the chip operate, cutting energy consumption.