Big Blue's cognitive computing chip could enable wide-ranging applications that take advantage of massive performance while using no more power than a hearing aid.
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.
Tianhe-2, with 3.1 million processor cores and a lot of Chinese-build technology, is the new leader of the twice-yearly list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers.
University of Chicago researchers say they used one quarter of the Beagle's operating capacity in conjunction with commercially available software packages to analyze raw sequencing data.
One of the world's most powerful supercomputers has finally done what had seemed impossible: successfully modelled brain activity.
The goal for the newly formed Watson Business Group, featuring the tech that topped "Jeopardy," is to juice the commercial potential of cognitive computing.
The system is powered by Nvidia GPUs and thought to be one of the two fastest supercomputers in the world. It's capable of making 20,000 trillion calculations each second.
The latest list of most-powerful computers is a bit of same old, same old. But soon, it won't be so easy to get ahead on the Top500 list by plugging in special-purpose accelerator cards.
To simulate 205,000 molecules as quickly as possible for a USC simulation, Cycle Computing fired up a mammoth amount of Amazon servers around the globe.
At the Fleet Numerical Meteorology & Oceanography Center in Monterey, Calif., the U.S. Navy produces some of the world's best maritime weather forecasts. CNET Road Trip 2012 investigated.