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Phytium to detail 64-core ARMv8-A processor for HPC in August

The U.S. government recently banned sales of Xeon Phi co-processors for high-performance computing applications to numerous supercomputer sites in China, slowing down development of local research. But perhaps, China will not need any HPC chips from the world’s renowned suppliers in the future as domestic companies are developing a number …

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Water cooling in a super computer called Trinity

Los Alamos Strategic Computing Center

I'm sure your gaming PC is astonishingly powerful and some of you probably have some pretty incredible custom built water cooling solutions, but they don't stand a chance next to the water cooling system currently being installed at the Los Alamos' Strategic Computing Center for the new Trinity supercomputer. Previous supercomputers at the …

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New Zealand shuts down supercomputer after breach

A security breach at New Zealand's 34 terraflops supercomputer, FitzRoy, caused those in charge to pull the plug on it and disconnect it from the internet, keeping it away from the nefarious individuals behind the hack. The system, owned by New Zealand National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), lives …

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Meep meep, Roadrunner Supercomputer shuts down

The world's first sustained petaflop supercomputer, Roadrunner, has been shut down by the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, ending its five year run of trend setting and virus modelling. Record breaking for its near 1.5 petaflop peak performance, Road Runner also made waves in 2008 by being incredibly …

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Crunching data with a million cores


In what is a record breaking achievement, researchers at Stanford University have just leveraged a million cores from the Sequoia IBM Bluegene/Q supercomputer to simulate the amount of noise produced by an experimental jet engine – one that they hope will allow for much quieter jet propulsion technology. While there …

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Cray land £120 million contract: shares rise 10 percent

Cray, the famous American supercomputer organisation have landed a $188 million (£120) contract with the University of Illinois to provide a supercomputer for the ‘Blue Waters' project – only 3 months after IBM pulled out. This news is a much needed injection for the company who achieved a 10 percent …

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New Chinese supercomputer using home grown CPU tech

China released the worlds fastest supercomputer last year, beating even the America leader at the time by quite some distance. The latest news circulating is that they have ditched Intel and AMD designs to concentrate on their own. This new supercomputer will not likely break into the top ten, but …

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SGI to use Intel for 500x supercomputer build by 2018

Intel are dominating the high performance processor industry, and Silicon Graphics International (SGI) have said that they are wanting to build a computer 500 times more powerful than anything today, by 2018. SGI's chief technology officer Eng Lim Goh said that the company wanted to pair up Intel's many integrated …

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Watson supercomputer to transform healthcare

Regular readers of KitGuru will have been following our stories on the Watson Supercomputer. This computer beat two world class opponents in the Jeopardy game show, scoring more than both of them put together. Watson was able to answer complex Jeopardy questions at almost real time, however now the indications …

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Supercomputer to challenge humans on TV Quiz show

IBM have designed a new supercomputer which is to face two human contestants on the US quiz show Jeopardy. The computer nicknamed ‘Watson' will challenge two of the games most successful players. The winner will receive a $1 million prize (£620,000) and the glory to go with it. IBM have …

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China officially have worlds fastest supercomputer

We reported weeks ago that it looked as if China were going to overtake the US for the world's fastest computer title, and we were right. The Chinese Tianhe-1A system at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin has achieved a performance level of 2.57 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second). …

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Tianhe 1A: the fastest computer in the world

The USA have just lost the world's fastest supercomputer title to China, with their Tianhe-1A taking over the top slot. The Tianhe-1A has 1.4 times the power of the closest rival according to Jack Dongarra, a University of Tennessee computer scientist who maintains the offical supercomputer rankings. Although this list …

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