Computerworld — The U.S. government shutdown has taken some government Web sites offline, including data.gov. But the nation's most powerful supercomputers continue to operate -- for now, at least.
Government supercomputers are running on reserve funds from last year, a U.S. Department of Energy spokesperson said. How long can these systems continue to do so? "That fact is unknown at this point in time," the spokesman said.
The Energy Department's national laboratories run petascale supercomputers used in scientific research.