IBM is planning to break the supercomputing speed record twice in the next three years, when it delivers two new supercomputers to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California.

Earlier in 2002, IBM lost its place as the maker of the world’s most powerful computer to Japanese rival NEC. In April, NEC’s Earth Simulator, based at the Earth Simulator Research and Development Center in Yokohama, Japan, was placed at number one on the key list compiled by researchers in the US and Europe.