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Watson may have been able to trounce a pair of Jeopardy champs, but it can’t hold a candle to the new king of number crunching, the 3.12 million-core Tianhe-2. Built by China’s National University of Defense Technology at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, the Tianhe-2 supercomputer runs on a proprietary Linux build.
Bitcoin mining machines are insane powerhouses, and they’re only getting crazier. How much power is getting sunk into the digital cryptocurrency? More than the world’s top 500 supercomputers combined. What a waste.
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