Someday, wishful thinkers say, we’ll all have desktop computers as fast as a Cray Supercomputer. How about next year?

The Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland has put together a desktop computer with 65 processors that can go through data at 100 times the speed of the current fastest desktop machines. Mounting that many processors is the easy part, of course; the tough part is designing the software to make them work together. They have tested it with high school students, and the students are able to use it.

The University of Maryland is holding a naming contest for its super machine. (The Silver Surfer?) Enter if you dare, at


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