Posts Tagged ‘supercomputer’

Race is on for new generation of supercomputer

August 26, 2011 1 comment


China's Tianhe-1 computer

China’s Tianhe-1
BEIJING – Chinese scientists are charting a new roadmap for the country’s independent research into building the fastest supercomputer in 2020.

“China is preparing to work on a supercomputer with a capacity of 100 petaflops by 2015 and try to produce the first exascale computer in 2020,” said Hu Qingfeng, deputy chief designer of Tianhe-1A, one of the world’s top 10 fastest supercomputers.

“We have kicked off the research of some core technologies and manpower cultivation for the plan,” Hu, a professor at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), told China Daily.

Exascale computing is an attempt by scientists to take computing beyond the current petascale. If achieved, it will represent a thousandfold increase on that scale.

The challenges in core techniques include the performance of Read more…

IBM develops first ‘brain chips’ capable of mimicking the process of human thought

August 20, 2011 Comments off


The challenge in training a computer to behave like a human brain has tested the limits of science for decades.

But researchers from IBM today said they have made a key step towards combining the two worlds.

The U.S. technology firm has built two prototype chips that it says process data more like how humans digest information than the chips that currently power PCs and supercomputers.

Looking to the future: IBM has developed two prototype chips it claims comes closer than ever to replicating the human brain

The chips represent a significant milestone in a six-year-long project that has involved 100 researchers and some $41million (£25million) in funding from the U.S. government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa). IBM has also committed an Read more…

This U.S. Military Supercomputer Lab Just Bought A Bunch Of Chinese-Made Components

August 18, 2011 1 comment


UT Chattanooga

Image: UT Chattanooga

The U.S. lab that creates supercomputers to simulate tests flights of next-generation military aircraft and submarine warfare is closing a deal to buy a slew of Chinese components.

According to The Washington Times, the contract calls for wrapping U.S. made Symantec software around devices made by Chinese telecommunications conglomerate Huawei Technologies.

U.S. officials maintain Huawei has close ties with China’s military, but they own a 51 percent share of Symantec from a 2008 deal.

Four Republican Senators and one member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence are urging the Pentagon to re-think the arrangement and recognize the risks to national security.

“Given Huawei’s close ties to the [Chinese] government and its Read more…

Iran to unveil ‘national supercomputer’

February 9, 2011 1 comment

A file photo of a supercomputer
An Iranian university has announced the imminent unveiling of a domestically built supercomputer with high-tech computational features, a report says.

The national supercomputer is capable of processing 34 billion operations per second with a speed topping 40 gigabytes within the same time span, Mehr news agency reported on Monday.

Officials at Tehran’s Amirkabir University of Technology (AUT), which will display the computing machine, said that the Iranian supercomputer is capable of processing data and carrying out computations in an array of fields.

High-capacity supercomputers are viewed as strategic products and the Iranian computational device will rank amongst the world’s first 500, the report said.

Supercomputers, primarily introduced in the 1960s, are at the frontline of current processing capacity, particularly speed of calculation.

The machines were introduced in Iran around 10 years by the AUT. Iranian engineers and technicians have been making efforts to increase the computational capacities of the devices ever since.

Supercomputers are used for intensive calculation tasks such as problems involving physics, weather forecast, climate research, molecular modeling, simulations of airplanes in wind tunnels, nuclear research and computations in nanotechnology among others.