IBM's Watson is Now the Size of Three Pizza Boxes--It's Also a Billionaire

IBM just put the pedal to the metal on Watson's crawl towards relevance. The company just announced a billion dollar investment, giving the supercomputer its own business division as well as an office in New York City's Astor Place. Read More >>

Watson Is Going To Be Open For Public Use on the Cloud

Watson was always going to be more than just a successful game show contestant. Now, the computer is about to take on anything and everything, as it opens itself up to the public on the cloud. Read More >>

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How to Get Even More Out of a Raspberry Pi

No doubt about it, the Raspberry Pi is nothing short of a homebrew phenomenon. Since its release in February 2012, the British micro-mini-computer has enabled legions of amateur inventors to develop projects both weird and wonderful. Here's a run-down of the most impressive applications, ranging from weather stations to retro arcades to a supercomputer array on a Lego rack. See if any of them inspire you to do the same. Read More >>

An 83,000-Processor Supercomputer Only Matched One Per Cent of Your Brain

You've undoubtedly heard over and over again about what an absurdly complex entity the human brain is. But a new breakthrough by Japanese and German scientists might finally drive the point home. Taking advantage of the almost 83,000 processors of one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, the team was able to mimic just one per cent of one second's worth of human brain activity—and even that took 40 minutes. Read More >>

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China Has the World's Fastest Supercomputer (And It's 2x Faster Than the USA's)

Watson may have been able to trounce a pair of Jeopardy champs, but it can't hold a candle to the new king of number crunching, the 3.12 million-core Tianhe-2. Read More >>

IBM's Incredible Watson Has a Boring New Job Answering Phones

After you've used your crazy robot intellect to crush puny meatbags definitively in a game of Jeopardy, it would seem like the world is your oyster. But Watson's not taking trying to take over the world or anything, no. After a trying out medicine and inventing a pastry, he's settling for a boring job in customer service. Read More >>

Google and NASA Are Building the Future of AI With a Quantum Supercomputer

Google and NASA have announced that they're teaming up to create a laboratory focussed on developing the future of artificial intelligence — using quantum supercomputers. Read More >>

The World's Most Powerful Computer Network Is Being Wasted on Bitcoin

Bitcoin mining machines are insane powerhouses, and they're only getting crazier. How much power is getting sunk into the digital cryptocurrency? More than the world's top 500 supercomputers combined. What a waste. Read More >>

Roadrunner Supercomputer Goes Dark Today

The world's fastest supercomputer isn't the world's fastest super computer anymore, so it's getting turned off today. At Los Alamos National Laboratory, IBM's Roadrunner is being replaced by a faster, cheaper and more energy efficient computer, Cielo. Read More >>

The World's Fastest Computer Is Being Slowed Down By Too Much Gold

Last November, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer was named the fastest in the world. But it turns out that a few tests were skipped along the way — and now too much gold on its motherboards means it can't run at full tilt. Read More >>

IBM's Watson Got a Job as a Pastry Chef

Super computer Watson can crush puny humans at Jeopardy. It can do a pretty bang-up job as a doctor. It can swear up a storm. Two of those aren't easy for a normal person, but that's not enough for IBM. IBM wants more. And part of it's plan to push Watson to its limits should really get things cooking. Literally. Read More >>

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Did You Know Supercomputers Basically Power Formula 1?

Have you ever wondered how Formula 1 teams improve their cars, from minor tweaks to full-on design revolutions? A supercomputer is behind it all. Well, there are teams of guys who do the simulations, of course, but the 40 Tflop computers do the crunching. Here's what they look like and how it all works. Read More >>

You Need 1,872 Processors to Accurately Simulate Ice Cream

If you think making ice cream is easy, think again. For commercial manufacturers of the stuff, perfecting the recipe is so important that they model its properties on a supercomputer—and to do it properly requires a rig packing 1,872 processors. Read More >>

Large Scale Water Cooling System Chills Europe's Fastest Supercomputer and Warms Its Operators

Extreme PC gamers often use highly efficient water cooling systems to eek every last drop of performance out of their PCs. But Europe's most powerful supercomputer, the SuperMUC, will be one of the first facilities to use a water cooling system on a far grander scale. Read More >>

IBM Cranks Up The Pace As New Supercomputer Trumps Fujitsu

If the Stig was more into computers than he was cars, he'd be mighty proud right now, as IBM has overtaken Fujitsu with their brand new supercomputer that is now the fastest... in the world. Read More >>

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IBM's Deep Thunder Will Power the Most Advanced iPad Weather App Yet

IBM's Watson may be the talk of the tech nerds these days, but IBM's "Deep" generation of supercomputers haven't faded into complete obscurity since Deep Blue beat Garry Kasparov in chess 15 years ago. In fact, it's brother, Deep Thunder will bring its hyper-precise weather forecasts to the iPad. Read More >>


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