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Quantum rewrites the rules of computing

Quantum computing holds huge promise, and scientists say it could eventually surpass classic supercomputers for tackling enormous calculations, like cryptography and finding planets. But there's debate over whether quantum...

D-Wave prepping quantum computers to outperform conventional servers

D-Wave wants its quantum computer to surpass the performance of traditional computers in the coming years, and has a processor roadmap that could make that happen.

Are We Too Stupid to Let Watson Make Us Smarter?

IBM's supercomputer is ready to make the leap from analyzing massive data sets to actually helping us make the right decision. But will we be too proud to take Watson's advice?

IBM launches business unit to make Watson a moneymaker

IBM continues to commercialize its Watson-branded cognitive computing technology, setting up a new Watson business unit and unveiling two new Watson-derived services.

Thanks to the NSA, quantum computing may some day be in the cloud

The NSA is spending some $80 million in basic research on quantum computing, money that may ultimately help commercialize quantum computing for the private sector.

Simulating brains just around the corner

Supercomputers have a big problem: The amount of power they consume. Consider the Chinese Tianhe-2 (MilkyWay-2) at the National Super Computer Center in Guangzhou, currently the world's top performing machine; its 3,120,000 cores...

D-Wave pitches quantum co-acceleration to supercomputing set

Controversial quantum device maker D-Wave is hoping to find a home for its cutting-edge technology in the high-performance computing (HPC) market.

Why the U.S. may lose the race to exascale

In the global race to build the next generation of supercomputers -- exascale -- there is no guarantee the U.S. will finish first.

Super Computing 13: GPUs would make terrific network monitors

A network researcher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory has found a potential new use for graphics processing units -- capturing data about network traffic in real time.

SC13: Top500 shows growing inequality in supercomputing power

Supercomputing power is being concentrated in a smaller number of machines, according to the latest Top500 list of high-performance computers. Keepers of the list are uncertain how to parse that trend.

Cray brings Hadoop to supercomputing

Helping scientific supercomputing take advantage of emerging big-data technologies, high-performance computing manufacturer Cray is releasing a set of packages promising to optimize the process of running Hadoop on the company's...

Intel rushes to exascale with redesigned supercomputing chip

In the rush to exascale computing, Intel is making a small change that could have a big impact on system design with its upcoming Xeon Phi chip.

China continues reign with top supercomputer

China has maintained its lead in the twice-yearly ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, with the Chinese National University of Defense Technology's Tianhe-2 system bringing 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of...

Nvidia boosts supercomputing speed with Tesla K40 graphics chip

Nvidia wants to help create some of the world's fastest computers with its latest Tesla K40 graphics chip, which is its fastest supercomputing co-processor to date.

New supercomputer uses SSDs as alternative to DRAM, hard drives

A new supercomputer being deployed this month in the U.S. is using solid-state drive storage as an alternative to DRAM and hard drives, which could help speed up internal data transfers.

Cray acquires Gnodal research staff and IP in Europe

Supercomputer maker Cray has hired the founders and key engineers of Gnodal who will be working to develop new technology.

Snap, crackle, pop: Electrical troubles shed light on NSA's data center

The National Security Agency's new data center in Utah was built for a 65 megawatt load, making it one of the world's largest. But the $1.53 billion dollar complex has had a rough start.

U.S. supercomputers haven't been affected by gov't shutdown -- yet

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.

The America's Cup: nerves, skill and a lot of computers

This year's America's Cup will be remembered for Oracle Team USA's jaw-dropping comeback against Emirates New Zealand, but it should also be remembered for the huge role computers have come to play in the competition.

IBM hopes to Power cloud, analytics with $1 billion Linux investment

IBM will invest $1 billion to promote Linux development over the next five years as it tries to adapt Power mainframes and servers to handle cloud and big data applications in distributed computing environments.

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