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IBM's TrueNorth processor mimics the human brain

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.

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<p>Performing more than 33 quadrillion calculations per second, Chinese supercomputer Tianhe-2 claims the top spot in a list of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. </p>

<p>Click through the gallery for a look at some of this year’s supercomputing trends.</p>

Top500 supercomputer race hits a slow patch

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.

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The June 2013 Top500 list shows that the dominance of InfiniBand and Ethernet as the means to connect processing nodes in a supercomputing cluster are losing some ground to other technologies.

Chinese supercomputer tops the charts -- two years early

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.

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The Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF) is home to Titan, the worldâ

Titan supercomputer debuts for open scientific research

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.

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At the Fleet Numerical Meteorology & Oceanography Center in Monterey, Calif., the U.S. Navy produces some of the world's best maritime weather forecasting. That data has generated a great deal of unsolicited gratitude from the commanders of Navy ships.

How Navy supercomputers help sailors beat an ancient nemesis

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.

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Supercomputer network blasts torrent of data

University teams send 186 gigabits per second between two supercomputers in the quest for faster bandwidth for data from CERN's Large Hadron Collider and other research endeavors.

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Why Nvidia's chips can power supercomputers

q&a Nvidia has taken its extremely high-performance graphics chips and restyled them for supercomputing. It looks to be a pretty good fit since some of the top supercomputing centers have adopted them.

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The Oak Ridge National Laboratories has the Jaguar supercomputer which has 224,256 processing cores is used for researching nuclear fusion among other areas.

Supercomputers connected at 100 gigabits per second

The Department of Energy's Advanced Networking Initiative will initially connect three research supercomputers and then link to all DOE national labs.

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Intel to lay out supercomputing chip plans

Intel is targeting specialized "many-core" chips for supercomputers.

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