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I have always wondered about Palantir…I see their ads every morning when I go through the Pentagon metro station.

This kind of parallel processing was popularized by search engines. It uses commodity clustered pc architectures instead of large shared-memory/shared storage systems. Apache has an open source project called hadoop that is really popular. I think that these “shared-nothing” clusters have started providing new types of large data-set computing experiences rather than displacing traditional supercomputer (vector processing) or mainframes (resiliency) workloads. It’s an interesting subject, though:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dOpDeRMTMc&feature=player_embedded#at=2366

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