News.com bericht dat SGI plannen heeft om een op Linux draaiende super computer te bouwen. Het systeem zal gebruikt worden voor onderzoek naar nucleaire wapens en zal een performance van 30 teraflops krijgen:
By 2001, it's possible that the fastest supercomputer in the world will be powered by the Linux operating system. If Linux gets the job, it will be a key component in the effort to keep U.S. nuclear weapons working as designed, the main function of this new supercomputer.
[...] If SGI does go forward with the move to Linux and wins the contract, it would be a remarkable coup for the operating system, which at that point would be celebrating its 10th birthday. Linus Torvalds began the creation of the core part of Linux in 1991 when he was a computer science student in Finland.
[...] There's no guarantee Linux will be used in the new supercomputer, however. For one thing, other companies could win the contract, which the Energy Department will award in the spring of 2000, according to Gil Weigand, the agency's deputy assistant secretary in charge of research, development, and simulation.