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.
IBM's experiment to pit its "Watson" supercomputer against Jeopardy champions isn't just novelty -- it's the culmination of years of research on artificial intelligence. Will it succeed?
7 | February 7, 2011 7:49am |
Wolfram Alpha creator Stephen Wolfram compared his answer engine to the IBM's Watson Jeopardy supercomputer. The subject? Artificial intelligence.
3 | January 26, 2011 11:57am |
President Obama said the cleantech surge in India and China represent a Sputnik moment for the U.S. Obama put out a goal to derive 80 percent of America's electricity from clean energy sources by...
4 | January 26, 2011 2:00am |
In a State of the Union speech, U.S. president Barack Obama underscored the need to make large investments in innovation, education and infrastructure.
10 | January 25, 2011 5:42pm |
If tech vendors and automakers have their way all apps will be speech enabled and armed with the ability to hop between settings. The big question is whether a productivity boom will follow?
January 19, 2011 1:40pm |
Say hello to a new Thinking Tech contributing editor: Tuan C. Nguyen.
January 13, 2011 12:42pm |
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 |
Concerns about the rise of so-called algorithmic trading are usually centered on its reckless speed and potential unpredictability. But the biggest problem with robo-trading may actually stem from...
5 | January 11, 2011 3:00pm |
Nvidia plans to build high-performance ARM-based CPU cores, designed to support products as diverse as computers, servers, workstations and supercomputers.
1 | January 5, 2011 1:26pm |
Supercomputers and new transmission infrastructure guarantees financial trading that's faster than ever before. Is it a smarter market, or is Wall Street playing with fire?
7 | January 3, 2011 7:35am |
Are we about to reach the holy grail of artificial intelligence -- the ability of computers to compete on game shows?
December 14, 2010 7:31pm |
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 |
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 |
U.S Energy Secretary Steven Chu says China's clean energy innovation represents America's "Sputnik moment." Plus, six technologies that threaten to leave us behind.
9 | November 30, 2010 8:30am |
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 |
With 2 percent of the world's energy consumption used to power computers, shrinking the processors could go a long way in saving energy.
1 | November 16, 2010 12:57pm |
Intel is working with researchers to better simulate and measure football related head injuries like concussions.
1 | November 16, 2010 9:02am |
Scientists have unveiled the world's largest video database of proteins, a boon for pharmaceutical companies looking to design better drugs more quickly.
November 12, 2010 7:03am |
By shifting the top-down approach of disease outbreak awareness to a model that gets local health authorities medical data quickly, researchers in Illinois are hoping to prevent illness outbreaks...
November 4, 2010 4:00am |
General Motor's Volt---the electric car that could redefine the company---is about to hit the road and now details about its engineering innards are starting to emerge.
15 | November 1, 2010 9:00am |