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The Do-It-Yourself Supercomputer
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The Do-It-Yourself Supercomputer

Scientists have found a cheaper way to solve tremendously difficult computational problems: connect ordinary PCs so that they can work together

- This article is the second in a two-part series.
The first part, "How to Build a Hypercomputer," by Thomas Sterling, appeared in the July 2001 issue.

By William W. Hargrove, Forrest M. Hoffman and Thomas Sterling
The Trouble with Turtles
Sustainability

The Trouble with Turtles

Despite heroic efforts to protect the nesting beaches of green turtles, fewer and fewer of these endangered creatures reappear every year.Researchers have been stunned to discover that shielding young turtles is only half the battle

The Ice of Life

Ice in its earthly guise is hostile to living things. But an exotic form of space ice can actually promote the creation of organic molecules--and may have seeded life on Earth

By David F Blake and Peter Jenniskens

Cybernetic Cells

THE SIMPLEST LIVING CELL IS SO COMPLEX THAT SUPERCOMPUTER MODELS MAY NEVER SIMULATE ITS BEHAVIOR PERFECTLY. BUT EVEN IMPERFECT MODELS COULD SHAKE THE FOUNDATIONS OF BIOLOGY

By W. Wayt Gibbs

Once were Cannibals

Clear evidence of cannibalism in the human fossil record has been rare, but it is now becoming apparent that the practice is deeply rooted in our history

By Tim D. White

End Points

Departments

  • Go Forth and Replicate

  • Taming the Killing Fields of Laos

  • Letters

    Letters

  • Errata

  • Advances

    Wireless Wonder

  • Road Map for the Mind

  • The Peak of Success

  • Computing with Light

  • An Environmental Solution

  • The Post-Genome Project

  • Concorde's Comeback

  • Sticky Situation

  • Fat Kills

  • Wrist Watch

  • Crystallizing Sound

  • Faster Than a Snail's Pace

  • When Fish is not Brain Food

  • Recommended

    A Spin on Spin Foam

  • Skeptic

    Deconstructing the Dead

  • Anti Gravity

    And the Winner Really Is ...

  • 50, 100 & 150 Years Ago

    50, 100 & 150, Years Ago: Warped Perception, Hostile Continent and Mad Scientist

  • Perspectives

    Another Cup of CAFE, Please

  • In Brief

    Data Points, August 2001

  • Brief Bits, August 2001

  • Puzzling Adventures

    The Delphi Flip

  • Profile

    Dissident or Don Quixote?

  • Staking Claims

    Talking Gene Patents

  • Innovations

    The Company's Company

  • By the Numbers

    U.S. Workers and the Law

  • Technicalities

    Touchy-Feely Computing

  • Working Knowledge

    Crank It Up!

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