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Roadrunner Continues to Outpace Supercomputing Field
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Roadrunner Continues to Outpace Supercomputing Field

Despite the Jaguar nipping at its heels, Roadrunner continues to speed past the supercomputing pack. That's according to the twice yearly Top500 list of the fastest...

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Ties That Bind: Organizing Large-Scale HPC in the European Union

The European Union (EU) is making a substantial investment in pan-European resources in an effort to place its members on the cutting edge of the computational...

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Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...

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Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

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Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that...

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New Exotic Material Could Revolutionize Electronics

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered that the compound bismuth telluride acts...

Spintronic
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Spintronic

European researchers have developed novel concept devices called spintronic devices using ferromagnetic semiconductors.

Scientists Create Hybrid System of Human-Machine Interaction
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Scientists Create Hybrid System of Human-Machine Interaction

In a groundbreaking study, scientists at FAU have created a "hybrid" system to examine real-time interactions between humans and machines (virtual partners). By...

Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity
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Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity

NASA and Google Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf are currently testing an extraterrestrial Internet that could lead to technology for use in securing ad hoc networks...

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Five Cool Cloud Computing Research Projects

The HotCloud conference on cloud computing in San Diego will showcase a number of research projects. One such project is a Trusted Cloud Computing Platform developed...

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The Dawn of Quantum Applications

Technologies that exploit the unique weirdness of quantum mechanics could debut in the very near future, thanks to the groundbreaking work of a huge European research...

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DOE Researchers Test Limits of Visualization Tool

U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers recently ran a series of tests to see whether the VisIt visualization application could extract scientific insight from...

Computing in the Quantum Dimension
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Computing in the Quantum Dimension

A huge consortium of European researchers is solving some of the fundamental obstacles blocking real quantum computing applications in the short term. At the same...

Does Parallel Processing Require New Languages?
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Does Parallel Processing Require New Languages?

The software-design community is split on the best approach for distributing their programs across a multicore architecture, and most programming languages were...

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'colossal' Magnetic Effect Under Pressure

Scientists are on the verge of understanding and controlling the colossal magnetoresistance effect (CMR), a phenomenon that is potentially up to a thousand times...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
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Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...

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Computing Research That Changed the World

The Computing Community Consortium held a day-long symposium at the Library of Congress in late March titled "Computing Research That Changed the World: Reflections...

Data Center Overload
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Data Center Overload

Much of the daily material of our lives is now dematerialized and outsourced to a far-flung, unseen network. The stack of letters becomes the e-mail database on...

Supercomputing From Clusters to Clouds
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Supercomputing From Clusters to Clouds

The Intrepid supercomputer is the largest installation of IBM's Blue Gene architecture to date. Part of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, the $77 million...

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Cloud Computing Goes Global

Three far-flung research organizations have joined the cloud computing test bed run by Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo. The locations of these new converts —...
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