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This Fascinating Antarctic Water Animation Was Made On Australia's Most Powerful Supercomputer

The movement of the densest and coldest water in the world makes a big difference to the planet’s climate, but we don’t know much about it. Australia’s most powerful supercomputer, Raijin — named for the Shinto god of thunder, lightning and storms — has been used to model an incredibly detailed look at the underwater currents around the Antarctic landmass, and the flow-on effects that movement has on temperatures and eddies around Earth.

China Is Starting To Spank The US With Supercomputing Resources

When it comes to supercomputers, the US used to rule the roost. But these days its status is slipping — while China is surging ahead.

How An Australian Supercomputer Helps Fight Flies That Ravage Crops For 700 Million People

Ever hear of whiteflies? They’re the colour of snowflakes and practically as tiny, but they’re global plant-killers. One of their favourite snacks is the cassava, a root that’s a crucial staple food for 700 million people worldwide. But one computational biologist and her team are on a mission to save the cassava from this virus-carrying menace.

Here's How Much Better NASA's Weather Models Have Gotten Since Katrina 

Almost exactly ten years ago, NASA’s models showed Hurricane Katrina approaching the coast of Louisiana. At the time, most models had a resolution of 50km. Today it’s down to just a little over six kilometres.

Obama's Plan To Make The World's Fastest Supercomputer

The US does not currently own the world’s fastest supercomputer. But if President Obama gets his way, that will change. Yesterday, Obama signed an executive order launching a program to build the world’s fastest supercomputer — 30 times faster than all others.

Intel Can't Sell Chips To China Because The US Fears Nukes

In the latest passive-aggressive exchange between the US and its rival superpower, the Department of Commerce has denied Intel a licence to export tens of thousands of Xeon Phi chips to China to upgrade the country’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer. Because, you know, nukes.

This Is How The Trinity Supercomputer Will Keep Its Cool

Dayshot: We love it when things are organised neatly. This tidy pile of warm-water cooling components is at the Strategic Computing Center of Los Alamos National Laboratory, where installation of an energy-saving cooling infrastructure to support the Trinity Platform is well underway.

Aussies Use CSIRO Supercomputer To Diagnose Sudden Death Heart Conditions

It’s scary to think that people die from undiagnosed, almost impossible-to-detect cardiac problems all the time. The sad part is that some of these can be treated, if correctly diagnosed in a timely fashion. Thanks to half-a-decade of hard work from a team at Sydney’s Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, and some help from a CSIRO supercomputer, we might be a step closer to understanding these mysterious afflictions.

Anyone Can Now Use IBM's Watson To Crunch Data For Free

You probably know IBM’s Watson platform best from its winning performance on Jeopardy. But the supercomputer is more than just a mechanism for IBM to publicly shame smart people. It’s arguably the most powerful natural-language supercomputer in the world, and thanks to a new public beta, its number-crunching abilities are open to all.

IBM's Watson Will Give You Personalised Health Advice Based On Your DNA

IBM wants its supercomputer Watson to help you get healthy — by analysing your genes. A startup called Pathway Genomics is teaming up with IBM to create a fitness and diet tracking app that uses DNA sequencing and Watson’s intelligence to give custom health recommendations.

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