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World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work
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World's Most Efficient Supercomputer Gets to Work

The new Fujitsu FX1 supercomputer in Japan has a peak performance of 110.6 teraflops, making it the most powerful machine in Japan and the most efficient supercomputer...

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Rti Sponsors Hpc Adoption Conference

The 2009 High-Performance Computing Adoption Conference will be held May 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport Hotel. The three-day event will define...

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Robot That Can Turn Cartwheels, Do Somersaults

Sherry Randhawa of Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia, recently demonstrated some of the school's progress in robotics and computing. A major attraction...

Google's Power Play
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Google's Power Play

Google and General Electric (GE) have teamed up on an ambitious project to transform the United States' energy production infrastructure from a model characterized...

From ICT Results

Grid Gives Europe a Supercomputing Boost

What’s faster than the speediest supercomputer? How about a high-speed grid linking 12 world-class supercomputers? That’s what a European research consortium has...

High-Performance System Available For Computationally-Demanding Problems
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High-Performance System Available For Computationally-Demanding Problems

Scientist Dr. Russ Miller (pictured) is leading the rollout of "Magic," one of the most powerful computers in New York State, to qualified users worldwide for solving...

University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon
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University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon

Students at Sweden's Malardalen University will build a smart robot to construct a little red cabin on the moon. The team has been charged with taking the House...

Multicores Seen Driving Next-Generation Mobile Phones
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Multicores Seen Driving Next-Generation Mobile Phones

York University professor Neil Audsley is part of the pan-European Embedded Multi-Core Processing for Mobile Communications project, an effort to make the multi...

'Smart Dew' Motes Serve as Invisible Security Guards
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'Smart Dew' Motes Serve as Invisible Security Guards

Tel Aviv University researchers have developed Smart Dew, tiny sensors as small as dewdrops that can be arranged in a network. The inexpensive sensors are equipped...

Inside Hp Labs: 8 Cool Projects
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Inside Hp Labs: 8 Cool Projects

Hewlett-Packard Labs is hosting a number of research projects, including one on sustainable data centers that aims to determine how future data centers can be self...

A New Step Towards Quantum Computers
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A New Step Towards Quantum Computers

Researchers from Dortmound, St. Petersburg, Washington, and the Rurh-Universitaet-Bochum (RUB) in Germany have succeeded in aligning electron spin. The researchers...

Shifting Sound to Light May Lead to Better Computer Chips
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Shifting Sound to Light May Lead to Better Computer Chips

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers have reversed the process that converts electrical signals into sounds, which could lead to a new tool...

New Material Could Lead to Faster Chips
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New Material Could Lead to Faster Chips

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have built an experimental graphene-based microchip that could lead to cell phones and other communications...

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Swimming Pool Game 'marco Polo' Used to Develop Robot Control

Researchers at Duke University and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have developed a system for controlling moving robots capable of autonomously detecting and...

Uc San Diego and IBM Launch Center For Next-Generation Digital Media to Power Tomorrow's Virtual Worlds
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Uc San Diego and IBM Launch Center For Next-Generation Digital Media to Power Tomorrow's Virtual Worlds

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has announced the launch of the Center for Next-Generation Digital Media, a new campus center dedicated to inventing...

Rivals Say I.b.m. Stifles Competition to Mainframes
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Rivals Say I.b.m. Stifles Competition to Mainframes

I.B.M. has dominated the mainframe computer business since the category was created four decades ago. And it still gets about one-quarter of its $100 billion in...

Scientists Make Quantum Leap in Developing Faster Computers
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Scientists Make Quantum Leap in Developing Faster Computers

Researchers have developed components that could someday be used to develop quantum computers, say scientists at the University of Manchester and the University...

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Multicore Chips Pose Next Big Challenge For Industry

Increasing the number of processing cores has become the main way of improving the performance of server and PC chips, but any added benefits will be significantly...

Sign Language By Cellphone
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Sign Language By Cellphone

Researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell University are working on the mobileASL project, which is developing a mobile phone that would enable deaf...

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Future Shock: The Pc of 2019

The personal computer (PC) is expected to advance in both intelligence and form factor over the next 10 years, evolving into a merger of computing devices and peripherals...
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