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Nvidia to ship Jetson TK1 supercomputer development kits this month

05/01, 11:10pm

Low prices dev kit offers parallel computing with Tegra K1 core

Nvidia announced that they are now shipping the Jetson TK1 supercomputer kits which have been aimed at "developing embedded applications and devices" for various projects ranging from robotics to medical diagnostics. The kit features a small board powered by the Tegra K1 processor, the company announced in March at the GPU Technology Conference.

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IBM allows developers access to Watson 'cognitive computing' in cloud

11/14, 6:17am

Cloud-based service to provide intelligent backbone to customer queries

IBM is working on a cloud service based of Watson, its natural language processing and information retrieval system, for use by other developers. The service will allow developers to pay for time on the supercomputer, allowing for apps and services to use its "cognitive computing" technology for commercial purposes, such as answering queries within smartphone apps.

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IBM Roadrunner supercomputer shuttered over power usage

04/01, 6:58am

Shutdown of AMD, Cell-based supercomputer despite #22 ranking

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is shutting down its Roadrunner supercomputer, after deeming it too energy inefficient. Constructed by IBM in 2008, the five-year-old supercomputer was at one point the fastest in the world after achieving a speed exceeding one petaflop: one million billion calculations per second.

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Cray XC30 supercomputer scales to over 100 petaflops

11/08, 12:03pm

Intel Xeon processor use allows for over 1 million cores

Cray has launched its new supercomputing creation, the Cray XC30, codenamed Cascade. The new system combines Intel Xeon processors with the Aries interconnect, new cooling and power technologies and Cray's integrated software environment, to create a supercomputer capable of workloads higher than 100 petaflops.

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NVIDIA, AMD-powered supercomputer Titan goes live

10/29, 6:48am

GPU-based supercomputer to help biological, physical modelling

The world's fastest open-science supercomputer has finished its NVIDIA Kepler-based upgrade. The newly-rebranded Titan at the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee now contains 18,688 Tesla K20 GPU accelerators that helps it achieve a peak performance of more than 20 petaflops.

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Microsoft, NYPD create crime-fighting supercomputer

08/10, 6:51pm

NYC to earn share of crime system profits

The New York Police Department and Microsoft have constructed a supercomputer to help fight crime. Costing between $30 and $40 million to create, the Domain Awareness System (DAS) uses a combination of CCTV, license plate readers, police reports, and live incident reports to track criminals and help protect the city from potential threats such as terrorist attacks.

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US supercomputer reaches 16 petaflops, worlds fastest

06/18, 6:42am

IBM system uses 98,000 nodes, 1.5 million cores

A supercomputer in the United States tops the list of the world's top 500 for the first time since November 2009. Sequoia, an IBM Blue Gene/Q system installed by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for the Department of Energy, clocked in at 16.32 sustained petaflops during tests, 50 percent more powerful than the second place “K Computer” in Japan.

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Xgrid supercomputer enabler excised from OS X Mountain Lion?

06/12, 10:10pm

Removal may force university IT, researchers to find new solutions

OS X Mountain Lion was officially unveiled on Monday, and is shipping in July -- but conspicuously absent from the list of features is Apple's ad-hoc supercomputer tool Xgrid. Apple's Xgrid provided network administrators a means of constructing a Beowulf cluster, allowing them to use computer idle-time to drive calculations that can be divided into smaller operations. Xgrid client has been installed in all computers running OS X 10.4 or greater by default, so installation and configuration of a massively parallel grid was completed with little time or money outlay. The job controller is included in Mac OS X Server up to OS X Lion and as a free download.

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NVIDIA intros Maxiumus tech, first ARM-based supercomputer

11/14, 5:00pm

Supercomputers based on Tegra 3 chips

NVIDIA has introduced a new technology for workstations, known as Maximus, and what it claims to be the first supercomputer with ARM-based CPU/GPU hybrid hardware. Maximus enables computers to simultaneously handle interactive graphics and complex computations required to the resulting renderings.

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Fujitsu sells 23.2-petaflop PrimeHPC FX10 supercomputer

11/07, 7:30pm

System centers on 16-core processors

Fujitsu has introduced a new supercomputer, known as the PrimeHPC FX10, that is said to be capable of theoretical processing performance up to 23.2 petaflops. The system relies on the company's new VIIIfx processor, which serves as the successor to the existing IXfx chips. The 16-core water-cooled design supports standalone performance up to 236.5 gigaflops, with performance-per-watt reaching 2 gigaflops.

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China unveils 1-petaflop supercomputer with local chips

10/31, 8:05pm

Sunway BlueLight MPP uses 8,700 nation-built CPUs

China has announced that it has created its first supercomputer built upon its own microprocessor chips. The computer, the Sunway BlueLight MPP, is rated at one petaflop per second (1,000 trillion calculations per second) and is comprised of 8,700 ShenWei SW1600 microprocessors. The computer has been up and running in the country's National Supercomputer Center in Jinan, a city in the Shandong Province in eastern China, since September.

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Oak Ridge Titan supercomputer aims at record with Tesla card

10/11, 9:40am

Tesla GPUs could deliver up to 20 petaflops

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory will use the parallel processing capability of the NVIDIA Tesla M2090 GPU in a new supercomputer, a Cray XK6 nicknamed "Titan." The new supercomputer could deliver over 20 petaflops, making it more than twice as fast as the most powerful supercomputer today, the Fujitsu K supercomputer. Titan will also be three times more energy efficient.

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Fujitsu develops world's most powerful supercomputer

06/20, 11:20am

Takes top spot from Chinese supercomputer

A computer developed by Fujitsu and the RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science has claimed the title of the world's most powerful supercomputer on the Top500 list. The Fujitsu K Computer is a series of 672 computer racks with a total of 68,544 CPUs. The K Computer handles 8.162 petaflop/s (quadrillion floating point operations per second) as measured by the LINPACK benchmark. Researchers expect the final configuration of the K Computer to exceed 10 petaflop/s. The supercomputer it bumped from the top spot, the Tianhe-1A supercomputer at the National Supercomputing Center in Tianjin, China, performs 2.6 petaflop/s.

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SGI intros Nehalem-based Altix UV supercomputers

11/16, 7:50pm

Configurations available with up to 256 sockets

SGI has introduced the Altix UV, a new series of supercomputers geared for large databases or analysis operations. The computers are based on Intel's Nehalem platform, with support for configurations utilizing quad-, six, or eight-core Xeon CPUs. Devices can be scaled to integrate up to 2,048 cores, with architectural provisioning for up to 262,144 cores.

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Virginia Tech installs 29-teraflop Mac cluster

07/21, 10:50am

VT installs Mac cluster

Virginia Tech has recently installed a new Mac-based supercomputing cluster, according to an announcement. The cluster is being used by the university's Center for High-End Computing Systems, and consists of 324 Mac Pros operating as servers, with eight cores apiece, for a total of 2,592 cores. The computers are networked together via a 40Gbps copper LAN connection.

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IBM's Roadrunner supercomputer capable of 1 petaflop

06/09, 5:30pm

IBM Roadrunner

IBM today announced it will commission a $100 million hybrid supercomputer, the world's fastest, codenamed Roadrunner, to the US Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. The supercomputer is claimed to be able to perform 1,000 trillion operations per second, or one petaflop. According to IBM, the array has the same computing power as 100,000 of today’s fastest laptop computers combined. The hybrid computer combines AMD's x86 processors with Cell Broadband Engine chips originally developed for video game platforms, such as the ones used in Sony's PlayStation3.

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