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.
A company reportedly squeezed 375 miles out of a modified electric battery-powered Audi A2.
11 | April 15, 2011 1:34am |
Cross a Lamborghini with a school bus and you would probably get something like the aptly-named Superbus.
8 | April 8, 2011 2:24am |
The SIM-LEI can go 207 miles on a single charge, twice the distance of the Nissan Leaf.
48 | April 4, 2011 3:00am |
An ideal battery would charge quickly, store a lots of energy, and release it quickly. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offer a potential way to bring such batteries...
3 | March 21, 2011 4:00am |
A new motor that utilizes shock wave technology takes fuel efficiency to a whole other level.
30 | March 17, 2011 3:57pm |
What radiation exposure really means.
7 | March 17, 2011 4:00am |
Using nanotubes, University of Illinois engineers have developed ultra-low-power digital memory that is faster and uses 100 times less energy than conventional memory.
1 | March 11, 2011 6:32am |
A new online experiment pits man against machine in the most basic of games. So, how does humankind fare this time around?
2 | March 8, 2011 4:00pm |
With oil prices threatening to soar once again, Japan's industry leaders have a novel idea that may help hasten the adoption of plug-in vehicles.
3 | March 7, 2011 11:41am |
A company has developed an aircraft that harnesses energy from gusting winds more efficiently than conventional wind turbines.
6 | March 4, 2011 9:50am |
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 |
A team of scientists have developed a prototype for batteries that can be recharged simply by being left out in the sun.
9 | March 1, 2011 12:43pm |
The ability to extend and connect our mindpower is coming through a convergence of technologies such implants, wearable computers and the Internet.
7 | February 23, 2011 7:59pm |
Sharp Corporation has unveiled the Intelligent Power Conditioner, which enables electric vehicle batteries to be used as a source of electricity for electronics around the home.
12 | February 22, 2011 11:54pm |
IBM's supercomputer defeated Jeopardy's finest. Easy. Now, onto healthcare informatics. There're a lot of data out there, and Watson's Jeopardy-winning skills could help.
12 | February 17, 2011 12:00am |
IBM's Watson supercomputer proves faster on its feet than reigning human champions.
February 16, 2011 7:28pm |
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2 | February 15, 2011 10:07am |
The plan is to develop an open architecture---including open source software---so researchers can collaborate on Watson's QA technology and apply those enhancements in the field.
February 10, 2011 9:02pm |
Ray Kurzweil weighs in on the evolutionary significance of a computer competing on a brain-challenging game show.
9 | February 9, 2011 9:47pm |
Energy efficient big-rig trucks might may hit the highways much sooner than anticipated, thanks to the nation's fastest supercomputer.
2 | February 9, 2011 12:27pm |