It's not often NASA gives people the opportunity to tinker directly with its hardware or, in this case, software. Back in early May, the space organisation set coders a challenge -- speed up the programs for its Pleiades supercomputer and you could bag yourself up to $US35,000. A month and a half later, it's decided to bin the idea.
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Video: If you've ever been blasted by the downwash of a drone when it flies over you, you know how much air four spinning rotors can move. But to help improve the design and flight characteristics of future drones, NASA had its supercomputers simulate what that air movement actually looks like, and it's impossibly complex.
"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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.