Of Supercomputers, Microsoft and Sheryl Crow

Peter Burrows

Want to know how bad Microsoft wants to reassert its role in the world of supercomputers? Although it just began participating in the 18-year-old SC/05 Supercomputer conference in 2003, Microsoft seems determined to make a splash at the research-oriented confab, which started today. For starters, chairman Bill Gates is giving the keynote speech. The company also has a prominent booth on the show floor--prominent enough to privately rankle some other vendors, who wonder whether the software giant unfairly threw its money around to win the coveted real estate (not true, says conference spokesperson Kathyrn Kelley; no other vendor had bid for the spot, she says, when Microsoft came along).

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