A documentary on the background and development of Virginia Tech's supercomputer, the fastest supercomputer at any academic institution in the world, will air on the Research Channel on March 19.

The program, "An Evolution in Supercomputing: System X at Virginia Tech" will air four times: 5 a.m., 11 a.m., 5 p.m. and 11 p.m.

System X, named by its Virginia Tech developers for its design goal of 10 teraflops or ten trillion operations per second, ranks third on the "top 500" listing of the world's fastest supercomputers. Japan's Earth Simulator and ASCI Q, the Los Alamos National Laboratory's dedicated weapons computer, rank first and second, respectively. Jack Dongarra of the University of Tennessee, who also holds an appointment at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, compiles the listing, available on the following website: http://www.netlib.org/benchmark/performance.pdf.

The Research Channel can be viewed via satellite dish, cable TV or by Webcast.

EchoStar's Dish500 Network broadcasts the Research Channel on channel 9400. For the cable TV systems, see list of locations at: http://www.researchchannel.org/general/rtrans_loc.asp

or inquire by email: info@researchchannel.com.

For further information, visit http://www.researchchannel.org/webcast/