SUNNYVALE, CA -- AMD today announced it is accelerating key components of its strategy to reduce costs and enhance the financial performance of its core businesses. The company will close Fabs 14 and 15, two semiconductor wafer fabrication facilities (fabs) in Austin, Texas, that primarily serve AMD's foundry operations. AMD will also reduce and restructure other manufacturing activities as well as administrative support associated with these facilities.

SAN DIEGO, CA -- BakBone Software(TM) (TSE: BKB, OTC: BKBOF), a global provider of storage management software, today announced a strategic partnership with Nishan Systems, the industry's first supplier of native IP storage solutions, and Plasmon, a leading manufacturer of automated data storage libraries, to jointly develop, market and support a certified optical archive/retrieval storage solution. The partnership provides a comprehensive storage management solution for customers demanding reliable, high-speed access to stored data.

By Steve Fisher, Editor In Chief -- On Monday of this week Cray, Inc. named a new President & CEO and announced a Cray SV-1 contract with an anonymous government agency. In addition to these significant developments, after the markets closed last night they announced the new SX-6 series of supercomputers (separate SX-6 interview coming soon). To learn more about this busy week in the life of Cray, Supercomputing Online interviewed Chairman Jim Rottsolk, and new President and CEO Michael Haydock.

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Public Policy Committee of the Association for Computing Machinery (USACM) today expressed strong concerns regarding legislative proposals to revive government controls on strong encryption. A letter to Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) and other key lawmakers outlining USACM's concerns may be found at:

By Steve Fisher, Editor In Chief -- In the wake of the tragedies of September 11, the members of the President’s Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) held their scheduled meeting last Tuesday (25 Sept) in Arlington, VA. The purpose of the meeting was to examine specific aspects of the current Federal Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program, to revisit the recommendations made in its 1999 report entitled “Information Technology Research: Investing in Our Future,” and to discuss advances in IT that may have a profound impact on the nation.

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