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2.World's fourth-fastest supercomputer

6.A big net

7.Mgmt. database

9.Gibson or Torm'

10.Programming language

13.Department with lots of supercomputers

15.Giant ISP

16.Mac offering

19.Lab in New Mexico

21. ____ of Man

22.Continent, abbr.

24.Connects local clients

25.Location of world's fastest supercomputer

26.Supercomputing test suite

29. Navy office that uses supercomputers

30.Tel. exchange

32.Home of ASCI Red

33.With 28 down, this university runs Top 500 list

34.Monitor type, abbr.

36.Nation that owns the four fastest supercomputers

37.Matthew Broderick flick

39. First operational electronic digital computer

40. Grungy-sounding drive, abbr.

41. Unit of data
DOWN

1.Chip maker

2.Los Alamos speedster

3. TV award

4. ____ Piper

5. Language for accounting

8. IBM nickname

11. Energy supercomputing program

12. Some is dynamic, abbr.

14. Some supercomputers have thousands

17. The one who applies the apps

18. Always, poetically

20. File ext.

27. Supercomputing lab in Tennessee

28. See 33 across

31. ____base

35. Famous name in supercomputing

36. Battery backup

38. OS


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READERS SPEAK

Has anything really changed in the government's approach to systems acquisition from the days of the grand-design plans? Big projects still seem to lumber along, often out of control.

It is a matter of teaching old dogs new tricks. Old dogs can learn new tricks! But first the old ones have to not pay. So we have to stop rewarding those who have been building a system the same way for 30 years. For example, first identify the situation, then create a politically acceptable way of altering the organization's view of the problem that encompasses a better solution. Most legacy and stovepipe situations are maintained by the culture, and any solution has to address the culture of the organization, or it is doomed to eternal organizational spin.

'Barbara Rosholdt, General Services Administration

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