Posts Tagged ‘supercomputer’

Big Blue Supercomputer to Appear on TV’s Jeopardy

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

This sounds like a pretty silly idea. It would be a lot more interesting if the IBM computer was going up against an HP supercomputer or a Cray …

It is the silly season so it was only right to announce that supercomputing giant IBM are so confident in the processing abilities of their new Watson machine that they are pitting it against two human contestants on popular TV show Jeopardy in a three night special that starts on February 14th according to the BBC.

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China Claims Supercomputing Crown

Friday, October 29th, 2010

This is so ironic in so many ways … About 20 years ago, I used to work for an international company that made PC based test systems. At that time, it was illegal for the company to sell their product in China, because PCs were considered to be “restricted technology” way back then. In retrospect, I think we probably should have stuck with that plan …

This is a title that bounces back and forwards between countries, but now China has claimed the top spot for the world’s fastest and most powerful supercomputer.

The title has gone to the country’s Tianhe-1A supercomputer according to a report by the BBC, that is capable of more than 2.5 thousand trillion calculations a second.  It contains a massive 7,000 graphics processors and 14,000 Intel chips.

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Amazon’s Cloud Gets a Supercomputing Cluster

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

I like the part where the supercomputer will serve as a free repository for scientific information …

Can Amazon's cloud beat IBM's Cray’s Jaguar supercomputer?

Amazon today said it would now also offer high-performance computing (HPC) through Cluster Compute Instances, which use more powerful processors and clustered nodes to help get around some of the latency issues associated with distributed computing. HPC has long taken advantage of many nodes working in tandem, but has typically connected those processors using Infiniband or low-latency networks. However, as the need for HPC becomes more popular, and the next generation of faster supercomputers grows more difficult to build (GigaOM Pro sub req’d), the cloud may offer some hope.

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China aims for supercomputing crown

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

In the late 1980s, I worked for a US company that was prevented from selling products to China because at that time, PCs were considered a “restricted technology”. It’s truly amazing how far China has come, technology-wise, in the last couple of decades.

China has stepped up its efforts to become the supercomputing power of the world according to the BBC.  It’s Nebulae machine has ranked second in the biannual top 500 supercomputer lists.

It’s the first time a Chinese supercomputer has appeared in the list of the top ten fastest machines.

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