Tagged With supercomputers

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CSIRO needs some more teraflops. Australia's peak scientific research organisation has just put out a tender for a petaflop-grade supercomputer to replace the Bragg accelerator cluster that contributes to Australia's overall scientific distributed computing power.

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"250 Servers in a box." That's how Nvidia describes the DGX-1 — the world's first commercially available supercomputer specifically built for deep learning. Packing in eight Tesla P100 GPUs that are capable of delivering up to 170 teraflops at peak performance, it is hands-down the most powerful system Nvidia has ever brought to market. We took some snapshots of this AI behemoth on the GTC showroom floor. Feast yer eyes!

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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.

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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.