Well, it's late ...

Greg Lindahl glindahl at hpti.com
Thu Jun 29 17:26:18 PDT 2000

> OK, so it's an SP machine, but I like the line; "DOE cut costs for ASCI
> White by leasing it from IBM for two years instead of purchasing it
> outright, LLNL officials said earlier."

Yes. Many big computer bids are actually leases. The FSL machine (15 million
$ over 5 years) is a lease. Leases save money and waste money at the same
time; the devil is in the details.

> More intriguing is the phrase; "and a new interconnection scheme
> code-named
> "Colony"
> does anyone have any information on this?

The colony switch is just a means to scale up the normal SP switch to a
bigger size.

-- g

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