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Short Take: IBM wins supercomputer record

IBM has broken a supercomputer record, knocking Compaq out of first place for how long it takes to sort a trillion bytes of data. Compaq took the crown in November, using a computer called the Kudzu Cluster at Sandia National Laboratories to sort the data in 50 minutes. A collection of 488 IBM RS/6000 computers, though, sorted the data in 17 minutes, IBM said.

IBM has broken a supercomputer record, knocking Compaq out of first place for how long it takes to sort a trillion bytes of data. Compaq took the crown in November, using a computer called the Kudzu Cluster at Sandia National Laboratories to sort the data in 50 minutes. A collection of 488 IBM RS/6000 computers, though, sorted the data in 17 minutes, IBM said.