So I'm sitting here with a rack of BlueGene/P . 4 racks, actually, and it's on a different continent, but I still have the use of it. And I'm wondering what it can do..
One rack can drive enough data over its external fiber-optics (TCP on ethernet) to support 30,000 domestic broadband video-on-demand links. About 270 Gbit/second. And it has enough memory to hold 1000 movies. You could make a movie rental vending machine; after a couple of hours, load up another 1000 movies and try to rent them. Rinse and repeat, for as long as there is a market.
But IBM isn't going to make movies (that's Disney, and others). And IBM isnt't going to operate the 'last mile' network to the home (that's ATT, and others). IBM is going to manufacture and market the reliable, high-performance servers that you need as one of the vital components of the solution.
So come on, partner businesses. There is opportunity here (I think ... I am just the Scientist aroundhere ... who's the Market Researcher ?). Shall we take it ? Does it make the world a better place if we do ?
A place where there's room to grow. Opportunity. That's the American Dream. Who's coming ?