supercomputers

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.


UK's New Weather Supercomputer Could Predict Rain In Your Street

The UK’s Met Office has just announced that it’s taking delivery of a new $150 million supercomputer — one that will be able to predict the weather accurately enough to know what it will be like on the very road you live on.


This Cocktail Concocted By IBM's Watson Isn't Half Bad

The surreal strength of IBM’s famous supercomputer, Watson, is now available to the public (for a fee). And to mark the occasion, the company threw a little party last week and served a very blue cocktail. Naturally, I whipped up my own slight variation when I got back to the office. I call it the Big Blue Hurricane.


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.