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Supers and Security

For now, the supercomputer continues to be a protected species because of its use in defense. Also, like the Harley Davidson, it has become a token symbol of trade and competitiveness, as the Japanese manufacturers have begun to make computers with peak speeds equal to or greater than those from Cray Research or Cray Computer. No doubt, nearly all the functions supers perform for defense could be carried out more cheaply by using the alternative forms of computing described above.


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