IBM has a new supercomputer in the works called Mare Nostrum. This reference to the Roman Empire implies that companies like Big Blue all hire liberal arts graduates once in awhile. Once inside the corporation, this classically educated history/literature fellow sets to work thinking up names and evocative descriptives that aren't geeky cliches or food names.
Besides illustrating employment possibilities for liberal arts types, this Mare Nostrum computer is also exciting because it's cheap and cheaper super-computers will help us all. Even though you personally will never touch such a machine, the increasing availibility of supercomputers to researchers can bear fruit that will touch your life. The Mare Nostrum project intends to deliver a super computer assembled largely from off-the-rack hardware and running Linux. The cheapness of this concept means that supercomputers can become more common, leading to more accurate predictions in drug development, brain research, geologic modeling, and weather prediction . I'm not sure exactly how rare supercomputers are now, but I'm guessing there are two or three of these in most American states. Plentiful, cheap super computers will be as useful to our quality of life as cheaper housing, meaning that this is in some ways a Eusonian House built of 1's and 0's. (IBM Press Release)