[Fwd: IP: Fact Sheet on Export Controls on High Performance Computers]

Nancy Hanna nancy.hanna at illgen-sa.com
Fri Jan 12 15:39:22 EST 2001

My two cents worth on the nuclear weapons.  The government has been 
modeling and simulating nukes for many years complete with projected 
yields, etc.  The beowulf technology is just another way to do that, which 
I'm sure they are already using with or without the on-going free exchange 
of information among the beowulf researchers.  How do I know, you might 
ask.  20 years experience in the Air Force and as a DoD contractor would be 
my response.

on the side lines,


At 11:41 AM 1/12/01 -0500, Greg Lindahl wrote:
> > I would love it if someone who is knowledgeable in this area could build a
> > description of what software IS and IS NOT export controlled.
>I must say I'm not knowledgeable in this area, but it is my impression that
>it's an extremely specific set of software, and you don't have to ask
>yourself "is this new system software I just wrote export controlled because
>you might be able to use it to build a Beowulf and design nuclear missiles?"
>For example, for my master's thesis I wrote a freely-available hydrodynamics
>code which could, with extensive modifications, be converted from simulating
>supernovae to simulating nuclear weapons. Not export controlled. If, on the
>other hand, I worked at one of the national labs as a weapon designer...
>-- g
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