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IBM, Nvidia, Energy Department form a supercomputer super team

Two supercomputing centers of excellence revolve around making sure applications can take advantage of compute horsepower and gathering feedback from developers, engineers and scientists.

By July 13, 2015


Supercomputer power gains tail off as China's Tianhe-2 leads the pack

The same supercomputer that was tops in November is again leading the supercomputer fray, according to the Top500 list.

By July 13, 2015


​Raspberry Pi stars in UK spy agency's mini supercomputer

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.

By March 11, 2015


This huge new fusion reactor took 19 years to build (Tomorrow Daily 272)

Ashley discusses how a supercomputer helped design Germany's newest fusion reactor, why a Japanese filmmaker chose to cast a robot in his latest movie and the latest updates for the robot butler concept Patin.

By November 9, 2015


Yokohama wants to put spoilers on your tire to maximize efficiency

Years of supercomputer-aided simulation yields big benefits for the Japanese tire giant.

By October 19, 2015


No direction home? IBM's painful ad with Bob Dylan

Technically Incorrect: In a new ad, the hero of so many -- including Steve Jobs -- resorts to talking with IBM's supercomputer Watson. Oh.

By October 6, 2015


In newest tally, supercomputing progress tapers off

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.

By November 17, 2014


IBM, Nvidia land $325M supercomputer deal

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.

By November 14, 2014


New map tracks the boiling hot rock feeding Earth's volcanoes

Plumes of scalding rock in the Earth's mantle are found to come from two gigantic blobs of hot rock deep inside our planet, thanks to an innovative simulation technique.

By September 11, 2015


All aboard Van Beethoven, where Oculus Rift meets the 19th century

The LA Phil will soon take Beethoven to the streets, in a truck fitted with a virtual-reality headset that immerses listeners in 360-degree, 3D Beethoven.

By August 26, 2015