IBM to build two supercomputers for the U.S. Department of Energy

IBM said today that it will develop two new supercomputers for the U.S. Department of Energy that are based on IBM’s new Power servers and will contain NVIDIA GPU accelerators and Mellanox networking technology. The new supercomputers, to be named Summit and Sierra, will be ready to roll in 2017; IBM will end up scoring a cool $325 million in government contracts.…

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Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

Researchers have simulated 1 second of real brain activity, on a network equivalent to 1 percent of an actual brain's neural network, using the world's fourth-fastest supercomputer. The results aren't revolutionary just yet, but they do hint at what will be possible as computing power increases.…

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Systems to handle big data might be this generation’s moon landing

An effort to build a telescope that can see back 13 billion years to the creation of the universe is prompting a five year €32 million ($42.7 million) effort to create a low-power supercomputer and networks to handle the data the new telescope will generate.…

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The Feds Want Faster, Greener Supercomputers

President Obama's budget is asking for $126 million for the Department of Energy to reach a supercomputing milestone -- exascale performance. Research paid for by these millions could create more power-efficient silicon and networking technologies that will benefit information technology in general. Plus we'd get faster supercomputers.…

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IBM's New Green Machine

IBM today announced a new supercomputer called Hydro-Cluster that uses water to cool down the device and reduce overall energy consumption. Call…

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