200 Quadrillion calculations per second, Summit, world’s most powerful AI supercomputer goes live

200 Quadrillion calculations per second, Summit, world’s most powerful AI supercomputer goes live

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As supercomputers become increasingly powerful they will increasingly help us realise new breakthroughs in everything from drug discovery and energy generation, through to materials and space travel, and everything in between.   It’s the most powerful computing platform on Earth, for now at least –...

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Revolutionary algorithm will soon let scientists simulate the entire human brain

Revolutionary algorithm will soon let scientists simulate the entire human brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Today we can simulate 10 percent of the human brain in a supercomputer, but a whole brain simulation would revolutionise neuroscience, unlock the secrets of the brain and lead to new breakthrough cognitive treatments.   The renowned physicist Dr. Richard Feynman once said “What I...

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Supercomputer on a fingernail, artificial synapse ushers in new AI revolution

Supercomputer on a fingernail, artificial synapse ushers in new AI revolution

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF There is nothing on Earth like the human brain, even today’s AI doesn’t come close, but now researchers have created an Artificial Synapse that’s 200 million times faster than a human synapse, and one day it will revolutionise AI and computing.   Researchers at the...

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America’s most powerful supercomputer is building superior AI’s

America’s most powerful supercomputer is building superior AI’s

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It normally takes human data scientists and the best AI’s weeks to build neural network software, but ORNL’s Titan supercomputer is building them in a day, and the AI’s it’s producing are far superior to anything humans can create.   Last year, in a world...

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HPC and Quantum Computing experts partner to create the first Exascale applications

HPC and Quantum Computing experts partner to create the first Exascale applications

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF ORNL and D-Wave hope that by combining their expertise in HPC and Quantum computing they can make Exascale computing a reality sooner rather than later.   Just a couple of months after the US Department of Energy (DoE)  announced their partnership with HPE and their “future...

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Power breakthrough, new Nvidia Xavier AI chips deliver an Exaflop for a megawatt

Power breakthrough, new Nvidia Xavier AI chips deliver an Exaflop for a megawatt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Nvidia is a chip company on the rise, their GPU’s are increasingly underpinning most company’s AI learning initiatives, and they’re innovating aggressively.   At the inaugural GPU Technology Conference Europe the other week Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled Xavier, Nvidia’s all new, all singing and...

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US Department of Energy taps HP’s ‘Machine’ to beat China to Exascale HPC

US Department of Energy taps HP’s ‘Machine’ to beat China to Exascale HPC

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF If you want to create next generation anything, whether it’s AI, aircraft, drugs, energy, healthcare, or materials you need a supercomputer and today China has the advantage but the US want to get back on top.   For the first time in history the US...

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Cray prepares to ship the world’s first ARM powered supercomputer

Cray prepares to ship the world’s first ARM powered supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The first ARM powered supercomputer has taken a long time to materialise, and the first unit to arrive could threaten Intel’s dominance in the space.   In a move that will have Intel peering over its shoulder even more than it was before, US supercomputer...

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Entrepreneurs think blockchain is the future of cloud computing and HPC

Entrepreneurs think blockchain is the future of cloud computing and HPC

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything changes, whether we call it disruption or something else, but as the world becomes increasingly distributed, as the plumbing of the internet continues to change, we can now see a way to disintermediate the giant cloud providers, build global supercomputers and move to the...

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Nvidia unveils the worlds most energy efficient supercomputer

Nvidia unveils the worlds most energy efficient supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of todays technology advances, such as AI and materials science, have been made possible by the dramatic increase in computing power that’s occurred over the last decade. Governments, such as China, Japan, the UK and the US are locked in a supercomputer arms race...

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Japanese researchers have built a computer brain

Japanese researchers have built a computer brain

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Being able to model the human brain will help us create better treatments for neurological conditions, and might also help answer questions about consciousness and sentience.   Researchers in Japan have used the powerful Riken K computer, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers, to simulate...

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Microsoft is turning Azure into the world’s largest supercomputer

Microsoft is turning Azure into the world’s largest supercomputer

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Microsoft has been toying around with FPGAs and now they’re on track to turn Azure into the world’s biggest supercomputer.   Microsoft is embarking on a major upgrade of its Azure cloud platform and while the new hardware that the company is installing in its 34...

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