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Epitaxial Graphene Shows Promise For Replacing Silicon in Electronics
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Epitaxial Graphene Shows Promise For Replacing Silicon in Electronics

Georgia Tech researchers recently created an array of 10,000 top-gated transistors on a 0.24-square centimeter chip, believed to be the highest density graphene...

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European Exascale Project Drives Toward Next Supercomputing Milestone

The goal of the European Exascale Software Initiative (EESI) is to help effect the migration from petascale to exascale systems over the next 10 years by bringing...

Better Benchmarking For Supercomputers
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Better Benchmarking For Supercomputers

Many computer scientists say the High-Performance Linpack test is not the best performance measurement for the world's top supercomputers. The new Graph500 benchmark...

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Biological Evolution Gives Cues to Stronger Computer Software

The universities of Virginia and New Mexico recently received a $3.2 million U.S. DARPA grant to develop more resilient software systems based on the biological...

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Nanowriting a Big Step in Electronics

The ability to write metal lines that are less than 5 nanometers wide has been demonstrated by a University of Illinois research team, and this could impact the...

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Graphics Ability Is the New Goal For Chip Makers

Computer chip makers will highlight the improved visual performance of their technology at this year's Consumer Electronics Show. 

The Surprising ­sefulness of Sloppy Arithmetic
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The Surprising ­sefulness of Sloppy Arithmetic

A computer chip that performs imprecise calculations could process some types of data thousands of times more efficiently than existing chips.

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Graphics Ability Is the New Goal For Chip Makers

In the good old days, it was all about speed.

'nanoscoops' Could Spark New Generation of Electric Automobile Batteries
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'nanoscoops' Could Spark New Generation of Electric Automobile Batteries

New nanoengineered batteries developed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute exhibit remarkable power density, charging more than 40 times faster than today's lithium...

1,760 Playstation 3s Form New Supercomputer
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1,760 Playstation 3s Form New Supercomputer

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base recently unveiled a supercomputer, named the Condor Cluster, consisting of 1,760 Sony...

Intel: Why a 1,000-Core Chip Is Feasible
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Intel: Why a 1,000-Core Chip Is Feasible

Chipmaker Intel has been investigating the issue of scaling the number of cores in chips through its Terascale Computing Research Program, which has so far yielded...

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White House Says Supercomputing 'arms Race' Could Prove Costly

Looks for better ways to make sure supercomputers "address our current national priorities."

AI Makes Progress, but Robots Still Can't Match Humans
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AI Makes Progress, but Robots Still Can't Match Humans

Despite advances in artificial intelligence research, a robot that can pass the Turing test has yet to be developed. The development of human-like intelligence...

EMET Prize and Other Awards
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EMET Prize and Other Awards

Edward Felten, David Harel, Sarit Kraus and others are honored for their contributions to computer science, technology, and electronic freedom and innovation.

India's Elephantine Effort
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India's Elephantine Effort

An ambitious biometric ID project in the world's second most populous nation aims to relieve poverty, but faces many hurdles.

The Touchy Subject of Haptics
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The Touchy Subject of Haptics

After more than 20 years of research and development, are haptic interfaces finally getting ready to enter the computing mainstream?

Nonlinear Systems Made Easy
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Nonlinear Systems Made Easy

Pablo Parrilo has discovered a new approach to convex optimization that creates order out of chaos in complex nonlinear systems.

The Top 11 Technologies of the Decade
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The Top 11 Technologies of the Decade

The January 2011 issue of IEEE Spectrum reviews the most important innovations that came of age in the past 10 years, based on their influence, usefulness, and...

Maths Research to Improve Internet Reliability
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Maths Research to Improve Internet Reliability

The Internet Traffic-Matrix Synthesis project will help make Internet services more reliable and efficient by synthesizing Internet traffic matrices and enabling...

Ibm Xeon-Based Supercomputer to Hit Three Petaflops
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Ibm Xeon-Based Supercomputer to Hit Three Petaflops

IBM plans to build an Intel Xeon-based supercomputer that will reach a peak speed of three petaflops and use a hot water-cooling system, which will result in 40...
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