supercomputers

Watson's First Consumer Role: Helping Military Vets Become Civilians

The USAA has announced that it’s recruiting IBM’s Watson for its first-ever consumer-facing application — and it will help military members transition back into civilian life.


IBM's Supercomputers Discovered A New Kind Of Plastic

Scientists from IBM Research have discovered “a new class of polymer materials” — plastic composites, regularly used in smartphones and laptops and cars and planes — that could potentially transform almost every electronic device you use every day. The new plastics are entirely recyclable, can self-heal, and are incredibly strong and light.


IBM's Watson Is Now The Size Of Three Pizza Boxes -- It's Also A Billionaire

IBM just put the pedal to the metal on Watson’s crawl towards relevance. The company just announced a $US1 billion investment, giving the supercomputer its own business division as well as an office in New York City’s Astor Place.


Watson Will Be Open For Public Use On The Cloud

Watson was always going to be more than just a successful game show contestant. Now, the computer is about to take on anything and everything, as it opens itself up to the public on the cloud.


IBM's Watson Is Planning To Fix America's Healthcare System

While Barack Obama might be having a hell of a time trying to reform healthcare in the United States, Americans perhaps shouldn’t worry too much. IBM’s supercomputer Watson is now being used to fix America’s shortage of doctors.


CERN's Voltron For Computers Now Supports Android Devices

For the past five years, the mad scientists at CERN have been connecting their computers to colleagues’ around the world to pool their processing power. This so-called Worldwide Grid turns a regular old desktop into a supercomputer by just plugging in. Now it will do the same with smartphones and tablets.


An 83,000-Processor Supercomputer Only Matched One Per Cent Of Your Brain

You’ve undoubtedly heard over and over again about what an absurdly complex entity the human brain is. But a new breakthrough by Japanese and German scientists might finally drive the point home. Taking advantage of the almost 83,000 processors of one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers, the team was able to mimic just one per cent of one second’s worth of human brain activity — and even that took 40 minutes.


Monster Machines: China Has The World's Fastest Supercomputer

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.


Google And NASA Are Building The Future Of AI With A Quantum Supercomputer

Google and NASA have announced that they’re teaming up to create a laboratory focused on developing the future of artificial intelligence — using quantum supercomputers.


The World's Most Powerful Computer Network Is Being Wasted On Bitcoin

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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