Issue No.01 - January (1998 vol.31)
The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which forbids the testing of nuclear weapons, is responsible for the dramatic performance gains reported in this year's Gordon Bell Prize competition. The connection between the treaty and the Bell Prize is simple to understand: One way to maintain confidence in the nuclear stock-pile needed for national security is to use computation to tell you what you would have learned from testing. The recognition that such computations far exceeded the capability of existing computers led the US Department of Energy to initiate the Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative (ASCI) program in high-performance computing. Four of this year's entries reported result on ASCI-Red, the first result of this program.
Alan H. Karp, Ewing Lusk, David H. Bailey, "1997 Gordon Bell Prize Winners", Computer, vol.31, no. 1, pp. 86-92, January 1998, doi:10.1109/MC.1998.641981