schliz writes to mention that in a recent interview
with ITNews researcher John Shalf explained the purpose and some of the technical details of the newly-announced "iPod supercomputer
." "Microprocessors from portable electronics like iPods could yield low-cost, low-power supercomputers for specialized scientific applications, according to computer scientist John Shalf. Along with a research team from the US Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Shalf is designing a supercomputer based on low-power embedded microprocessors, which has the sole purpose of improving global climate change predictions."