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Microsoft puts quantum computing higher on its hardware priority list

Microsoft is accelerating its efforts to make a quantum computer as it looks to a future of computing beyond today's PCs and servers.

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U.S. sets plan to build two exascale supercomputers

The U.S expects to be ready to seek vendor proposals to build two exascale supercomputers by 2019.

China's Sunway TaihuLight supercomputer

Will Trump let China beat the U.S. in supercomputing?

China and the U.S. are in a race to build bigger and faster supercomputers. Will the Trump Administration let the Chinese win?

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Google adds new services to its cloud machine-learning products

Google fired its latest salvo in the cloud machine learning wars when it announced a set of enhancements to its suite of cloud machine-learning capabilities. Here's the rundown.

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Microsoft, Nvidia work to speed up A.I. platform powering Cortana

Microsoft's CNTK (Cognitive Toolkit) is one among many platforms that trains computers to learn, and it's getting an upgrade.

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As AMD mulls GPU for 32-core Zen chip, it develops software tools

AMD has a clear-cut business plan: Its upcoming 32-core Zen chip will bring it back into high performance servers, and the company has expressed a desire to make high-performing GPUs for such systems.

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Cray aims for the 500-petaflop mark with XC50 supercomputer

The fastest computer in the world today can deliver about 125 petaflops of performance, but that could quadruple in the coming years.

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China still has the two most powerful supercomputers in the world

China’s Sunway TaihuLight and Tianhe-2 have maintained their lead in supercomputers, according to the Top500 supercomputer rankings.

Data Center

InfiniBand will reach 200-gigabit speed next year

InfiniBand is set to hit 200Gbps in products, potentially accelerating machine-learning platforms as well as high-performance computing systems.

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Diamonds could be building blocks for quantum computers

Diamonds are among the most expensive gems in the world, but they could also serve as a building block for quantum computers.

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China’s policing robot: Cattle prod meets supercomputer

The robot is linked to China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer, where it has access to cloud services for facial recognition and other tasks.

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The march toward exascale computers

Petaflop supercomputers have become standard. But be prepared to pay: These machines can be as expensive to operate as they are to purchase.

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Quantum computing has the cybersecurity world white-knuckled

As quantum computers inch closer to reality, experts are sweating over their potential to render many of today's cybersecurity technologies useless.

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Quantum encryption gets off the ground with China’s Micius satellite

Researchers are pushing ahead with the development of powerful quantum computing technology.

Piton processor

Open source 25-core chip can grow into a 200,000-core computer

Researchers want to give a 25-core open-source processor called Piton some serious bite.

Fujitsu's Post K supercomputer with have PrimeHPC FX10 servers

ARM has a new weapon in race to build world's fastest computers

ARM conquered the mobile market the day it went into Apple's first iPhone, and now it is designing high-performance chips for supercomputers.

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See the powerful megachips that will clash at Hot Chips

Raw horsepower is the name of the game at next week's Hot Chips show, where chip geeks will get their fill on the latest processors.

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Intel's Knights Mill mega-chip to take on GPUs in A.I.

Intel has secretly developed a mega-chip called Knights Mill with the hope of advaning artificial intelligence.

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