Interlinking dozens of the cheap, small electronic brains won't break any computing speed records. But it could help teach people how to program tomorrow's computer systems.
Hardware, software and funding limits mean it's not easy to make the fastest computers even faster. That's too bad for the industries that rely on them.
US Energy Department funds two huge machines that combine IBM and Nvidia chips with Mellanox networking. A further $100 million goes toward making faster next-gen supercomputers.
The pace of performance increases has slowed among the world's fastest supercomputers, while China now has nearly as many as the UK, France, and Germany combined.
A team of astronomers has calculated the weight of the Milky Way to a high degree of precision by observing stars outside the galactic disc.
Technically Incorrect: You have truly deep questions. Watson has the answers. He's like Yoda without the knowing smile.
Jeff Bakalar tours the Maingear computer headquarters in New Jersey to see how the company custom-builds any computer imaginable -- from entry-level gaming PCs to $12,000 water-cooled powerhouses.
A fun new visualization compares old tech with new and finds that computing power has increased a trillionfold since 1956.
IBM's Watson isn't just serious about crunching numbers, it's also serious about crunching food.
Samsung, Microsoft, ARM and the people behind Raspberry Pi are collaborating with publicly funded UK broadcaster the BBC on the Micro Dot device.