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Facebook releases design for its souped-up A.I. server, 'Big Sur'

Facebook is releasing the hardware design for a server it uses to train artificial intelligence software, allowing other companies exploring A.I. to build similar systems

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NASA stays mum on its quantum computer security

When NASA showed off its D-Wave 2X quantum computer on Tuesday, engineers were keen to talk about the computer's capabilities but less so about security measures that might be in place to stop hackers.

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NASA, Google unveil a quantum computing leap

The black box sitting at the heart of NASA's Advanced Supercomputing facility in Silicon Valley isn't much to look at. The size of a garden shed, it's smaller than a conventional supercomputer, but inside something quite impressive is...

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Extreme tech positions of the presidential candidates

This is an election where extreme positions have become the norm, and the implications for science and technology may be huge. These emerging proposals, the ones with the most impact on technology, deserve attention. Here's a look at...

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Server vendors tap ARM chips to give users alternative to Intel

For a while it was hard to get a hands on an ARM, but that may not be the case soon. Five computer makers have announced servers with ARM processors that will challenge x86 systems in the mainstream market.

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IBM teams with Xilinx to take on Intel with Power chips

IBM has partnered with chip maker Xilinx to expand the use of IBM Power processors in servers, taking on Intel for a bigger slice of the data center market.

Japan chases title of world's fastest computer with new system

Japan is developing a new supercomputer that could be among the world's fastest when released in 2020.

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Alternative processors tapped to fulfill supercomputing's need for speed

The world's fastest supercomputers are getting coprocessors to boost performance, and the number of such systems will continue to grow.

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Intel plugs 72-core supercomputing chip into workstation

Intel tries to bring more computing muscle to desks

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Intel's fastest chip ever will appear in supercomputers next year

There's been a slight delay, but the latest version of Intel's fastest processor will finally reach supercomputers early next year.

Newer supercomputers favor energy efficiency over raw speed

Supercomputer spending is increasingly focusing on energy efficiency rather than raw performance, the latest edition of the Top500 list of the world's most powerful computers suggests.

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Gene Amdahl, IBM mainframe architect then a rival, has died

Gene M. Amdahl, the chief architect of IBM's System/360 mainframe and later the creator of the IBM plug-compatible mainframe vendor that bore his name, died at 92.

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Can Alan Alda and President Obama make supercomputing cool again?

Heading into next week’s Supercomputing 2015 conference in Austin, the topic on the tip of every attendee’s tongue is simply, "supercomputing." What once was an American stranglehold -- the illustrious title of the country owning the...

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U.S. government lab dabbles in new computer designs

U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory is looking at quantum computer and brain-inspired chips.

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Google reports strong Q3 profit, says it's 'rethinking everything' about machine learning

Reporting its third-quarter earnings Thursday, Google also talked about how vital machine learning will be to its future.

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Machines will learn just like a child, says IBM CEO

Technology is shifting to intelligent machines with a capability to reason, said IBM Chairman and CEO Virginia Rometty at Gartner's Symposium ITxpo. These machines won't replace humans, but will augment them. It is a technology that...

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Google, NASA using quantum computing to push A.I., machine learning

Google and NASA are continuing to test quantum computers and this week entered into a new agreement to work with a series of updated systems.

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IBM Watson's A.I. gets smarter

IBM is adding new smarts to its Watson artificial intelligence system, including the ability to scour photos on social networks to see what people have been up to.

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