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.
It's getting easier, thanks in part to Microsoft.
1 | October 29, 2010 12:01am |
Forget Intel and AMD: a little known family of chips is finally drawing China into the processor wars.
4 | October 22, 2010 11:20am |
We say goodbye to Thinking Tech editor Dan Nosowitz and hello to a new one: John Herrman.
September 27, 2010 7:06pm |
Scientists developed NeuFlow, a supercomputer with the ability to process what it sees. The wallet-sized chip computer could help cars drive on their own, 360-degree vision for soldiers, and...
1 | September 16, 2010 10:45am |
European researchers want traffic lights to be self-organizing to reduce your time stuck in traffic.
10 | September 15, 2010 4:57pm |
Mars, the maker of M&Ms, IBM and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are making the cacao genome sequence publicly available. The game plan is to create a cacao plants that are more resistant to...
2 | September 15, 2010 3:43am |
Researchers from LSU and Ohio State are using supercomputers to map the impact of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill on fish species in the area.
2 | August 26, 2010 8:52am |
University of Washington researchers make protein folding into a computer game. Tens of thousands of players are now unlocking the mysteries of proteins to find cures to diseases.
August 5, 2010 3:29pm |
Intel's new research prototype demonstrates that light beams can be used to replace electrons to transport data in computers of the future.
11 | July 27, 2010 2:24pm |
Tech giant Microsoft says it has produced the largest and clearest image of the night sky ever -- and it's a terapixel in size.
4 | July 19, 2010 7:26am |
NASA has offered Dell a $5.1 million contract to install high-performance computers in its Center for Climate Simulation in Greenbelt, Md.
July 15, 2010 7:59am |
Will the inevitable summer hurricanes help spread the oil?
June 8, 2010 12:00am |
A supercomputer simulation conducted by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in conjunction with the Los Alamos National Laboratory indicates that the oil spill in the Gulf of...
1 | June 3, 2010 7:30pm |
We say goodbye to Thinking Tech editor Dana Blankenhorn and hello to a new one: Dan Nosowitz.
June 2, 2010 7:02am |
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 |
We're all going to be on it one day, and securing it is a work in progress
2 | May 28, 2010 11:30am |
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 |
Flying cars -- long the idealistic vision of futurists past and present -- may always be too impractical. But not impossible.
10 | May 15, 2010 6:00am |
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 |
Public-private partnership helps organizations gain access to raw computing power.
February 25, 2010 4:36am |