COMPUTERS: Big Blue Soups Up

Big Blue Soups Up

The world's largest computer maker has long shied away from the industry's most advanced field of all: supercomputers, the lightning-fast machines that can make billions of calculations per second. Last week IBM suddenly announced that it is souping up. In an unorthodox arrangement for a company that develops most of its projects internally, Big Blue plans to join forces with an outsider, Steve Chen, a leading supercomputer designer, to develop a machine for the 1990s that will be 100 times faster than today's speediest devices. Chen started his own tiny research company, Supercomputer Systems, of Eau Claire, Wis., only three months...

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