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Obama rolls out plan to boost U.S. supercomputer prowess

The President wants the country to develop a computer that operates at 1,000 petaflops.

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Intel & Micron 3D XPoint memory -- is it just CBRAM hyped up?

Intel and Micron announce 3D XPoint. Pronounced 'crosspoint,' it's a new form of solid-state, non-volatile memory, we're told. We're also told it's faster and more durable than NAND flash. But we're not told much else, except it's not...

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The top 10 supercomputers in the world, 20 years ago

The Top500 list from June 1995 shows just how far the possibilities of silicon have come in the past 20 years. Performance figures are listed in gigaflops, rather than the teraflops of today, meaning that, for example, the tenth-place...

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IBM and Nvidia rev their HPC engines for next-gen supercomputer push

IBM and Nvidia on Monday announced they have joined to launch two new supercomputer centers of excellence to develop the next generation of contenders.

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HP and Intel push HPC into new markets

HP will use Intel's Xeon Phi and Omni-Path technologies to build new HPC systems.

China retains supercomputing crown in latest Top 500 ranking

The U.S. is close to an all-time low number of machines in the list.

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AMD developing mega-chip that combines CPUs and GPUs

AMD's yet unnamed high-performance chip will be designed for high-end graphics, supercomputing and data modeling.

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IBM advances bring quantum computing closer to reality

IBM scientists say they have made two critical advances in an industrywide effort to build a practical quantum computer, shaving years off the time expected to have a working system.

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U.S. chip block may delay China's 100 petaflop supercomputer

The U.S.'s recent denial of Intel chips for China's fastest supercomputer could derail an upgrade to double the machine's processing power.

U.S. issues bogus, unenforceable ban of supercomputer chips for China

U.S. Department of Commerce uses bogus excuse to ban sale of Xeons for Tianhe-2 supercomputer, impacting nothing except Intel's sales.

U.S. stops Intel from selling Xeon chips to Chinese supercomputer projects

U.S. government agencies have stopped Intel from selling microprocessors for China's supercomputers, reflecting concern about their use in nuclear tests.

US challenges China in supercomputing race with 180-petaflop system

To get an edge over China in the supercomputing arms race, the U.S. plans to build a 180-petaflop supercomputer that will be used mainly for scientific research.

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Why computers still struggle to tell the time

While computers manage many things with extreme precision, they have surprising difficulty keeping track of time.

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NOAA’s next supercomputer will be a Cray-IBM hybrid system

The National Weather Service recently updated one of the models it uses to forecast the weather, and is testing a more powerful Cray-IBM hybrid supercomputer to help with its predictions.

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Ellison sings a new tune: Oracle hardware is cheapest

Larry Ellison has opened a new front in his battle with Cisco Systems and EMC, launching new Oracle hardware on Wednesday that he claims will be the cheapest on the market.

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IBM's new z13 mainframe eats mobile app data for lunch

IBM new mainframe computer should help customers detect more fraud in real time and plow through billions of transactions generated daily by mobile devices.

Windows 10, Chrome OS battle royale to benefit PCs this year

IDC is projecting PC shipments will stabilize this year, and get better in 2016.

A particle may be a wave, or you may simply underestimate how little you know about where it is.

Strangest things about quantum physics may stem from overconfidence

Some of the strangest aspects of quantum mechanics, like particles that are also waves, or exist in two places at once, may result from our overestimation of how much it is possible to know about some things.

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