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Beagle Supercomputer Has Landed in Chicago
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Beagle Supercomputer Has Landed in Chicago

The University of Chicago Computation Institute at Argonne National Laboratory has introduced Beagle, a 150 teraflops, 18,000-core Cray XE6 supercomputer that will...

Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd
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Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd

China may finally have a processor to power a homegrown supercomputer.

The Second Coming of Tsubame
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The Second Coming of Tsubame

Tokyo Tech's TSUBAME 2.0 will officially be named the fastest Japanese supercomputer next month, with a raw performance of 2.4 petaflops that surpasses the total...

Campaign Builds to Construct Babbage Analytical Engine
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Campaign Builds to Construct Babbage Analytical Engine

A U.K. campaign to build a truck-sized, prototype computer first envisaged in 1837 is gathering steam.

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China's Fastest Supercomputer ­nveiled

It will not be long before China's "Tianhe-1" supercomputer is to be equipped with Chinese-made central processing unit chips, replacing the only part of the computer...

How Energy-Efficient Is Cloud Computing?
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How Energy-Efficient Is Cloud Computing?

University of Melbourne researchers have found that cloud computing is not always the most energy-efficient option.T he team found that transporting data between...

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China's Leap in Supercomputer Rankings

When a list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers is released on Nov. 15, some industry experts believe that China will be ranked first. "There's a great belief...

Computer Beats Human at Shogi, Japanese Chess, For First Time
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Computer Beats Human at Shogi, Japanese Chess, For First Time

A computer has beaten a human at shogi, otherwise known as Japanese chess, for the first time. Shogi is more complex than western chess, offering about 10224...

Keeping a Watch on the World
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Keeping a Watch on the World

Led by University of Nottingham researchers, the Earth Observation Technology Cluster will monitor the Earth's landscape and the elemental forces that mold it by...

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Infer Project Seeks Smart Software Solution

Bournemouth University is leading INFER, an EU-funded project involving  researchers and organizations in three countries. INFER will develop automated systems...

Tapping the Powers of Persuasion
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Tapping the Powers of Persuasion

B.J. Fogg's lab at Stanford focuses on the ways technology can influence behavior.

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Breaking the Noise Barrier: Enter the Phonon Computer

Noise is a chip designer's worst enemy. But handled properly it could become a powerful ally—and usher in the age of phonon computing.

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One Goal: 10 Quadrillion Calculations

Installation has begun in Kobe, Japan, on a government-funded supercomputer project, aimed at giving Japan the world's fastest computer, the "K Computer," which...

Powerful Supercomputer Peers Into the Origin of Life
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Powerful Supercomputer Peers Into the Origin of Life

Supercomputer simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are helping scientists unravel how nucleic acids could have contributed...

Gtri Creates Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory
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Gtri Creates Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory

The Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) has created a new Cyber Technology and Information Security Laboratory to apply GTRI's broad expertise and systems engineering...

Feelings By Phone
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Feelings By Phone

Computer scientists and psychologists at the University of Cambridge have developed EmotionSense, a system for tracking emotional behavior via smartphones using...

Scidac Visualizations Bring Science to the Senses
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Scidac Visualizations Bring Science to the Senses

The recent SciDAC 2010 conference included a visualization competition involving attendees' best scientific visualizations from simulations run on high-performance...

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Multicore May Not Be So Scary

Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more "cores," or processing units, to computer chips.

Researchers Generate Compelling Results on Tacc's Visualization Cluster
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Researchers Generate Compelling Results on Tacc's Visualization Cluster

The Texas Advanced Computing Center's hardware-accelerated interactive visualization cluster, called Longhorn, is providing researchers with new visualization capabilities...

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Iran Thwarts Viral Attack on Nuclear Plant System: Atomic Chief

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the enemy's efforts to infect Iranian nuclear systems with a computer virus have...
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