A supercomputer is a computer that represents the limit of existing processing capacity. Supercomputers are used for calculation-intensive tasks for applications such as quantum physics, weather forecasting, climate research, molecular modeling and physical simulations, from modeling airplanes in wind tunnels to the detonation of nuclear weapons and nuclear fusion.
SHENZHEN -- China's government is investing heavily in supercomputing, but the country's supercomputers are still mostly dependent on foreign processors.
1 | January 10, 2012 1:16am |
Homegrown components will make China's Dawning 6000 unique, and more importantly extremely efficient. Is this the opening salvo in a new supercomputing war?
March 2, 2011 6:00pm |
Supercomputers -- once only affordable for big science projects and simulations -- can now be be accessed on an hourly basis. But keep your eye on the clock.
3 | April 20, 2012 9:48am |
A chat with Mark Barnell, one of the men behind the DoD's powerful new Condor Cluster, a supercomputer built from 1760 gaming consoles, about the PlayStation 3, distributed computing and the...
2 | December 3, 2010 2:00pm |
The U.S. Dept. of Energy's NERSC is now home to Hopper, the fifth-most powerful supercomputer in the world. On tap: better climate change, clean energy, astrophysics and genomics research.
1 | November 18, 2010 7:16am |
Supercomputers are being used to fight malaria, simulate oil spills, understand climate change and test renewable energy technology. AMD CSR chief Tim Mohin discusses how it fits in with his...
December 7, 2010 6:49am |
Building powerful new products from inexpensive, everyday components
2 | November 24, 2009 2:00am |
A cat's brain is the model for a new supercomputer developed by the University of Michigan and funded by DARPA.
5 | April 16, 2010 3:34am |
The world's fastest supercomputer may have been built to model nuclear explosions, but it's now being tasked with simulating the Big Bang and managing more than 10,000 DNA sequences infected with HIV.
1 | October 28, 2009 4:37pm |
Public-private partnership helps organizations gain access to raw computing power.
February 25, 2010 4:36am |
The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility and its Jaguar system kept the No. 1 spot on the Top500 list of fastest supercomputers, but China's new Nebulae is close behind...
1 | May 31, 2010 4:01am |
UK-based oil company BP is building a supercomputer with a single global, mission in mind: find more oil and gas.
December 11, 2012 1:37pm |
NASA pursues more powerful ways to deliver data across global networks of scientists and engineers -- and even add a Watson-like supercomputer to the International Space Station.
August 23, 2012 3:00am |
For the first time, the top 10 supercomputers in the world operate at a petaflop scale as China continues to move up the high-performance computing charts to chase the U.S.
7 | June 20, 2011 7:58am |
Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using the world's fastest supercomputer to model and simulate next-generation nuclear power plants.
4 | May 20, 2010 6:41am |
It would take almost 7 billion people working continuously for over three centuries to match what the IBM Sequoia can do in an hour.
4 | June 19, 2012 4:30am |
Big Blue's new standard bearer for computing highlights the rising influence of graphics processors.
1 | November 13, 2012 4:05am |
IBM's Watson supercomputer won a practice round against Jeopardy champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter and raised a lot of questions about the capabilities of artificial intelligence.
5 | January 13, 2011 9:16am |
What can we accomplish by combining the best of human intellect with the expanding processing capacity of machines?
3 | April 16, 2013 3:00am |
Scientists have built the biggest artificial brain of all time using a supercomputer powered by 147,456 processors, 150,000 gigabytes of memory and millions of watts of electricity that's about as...
11 | November 18, 2009 10:28am |