The National Science Foundation (NSF) has made a $60 million award to fund the largest and most powerful supercomputer the agency has ever supported to serve the nation's science and engineering (S&E) research community. The new high-performance computing (HPC) system, to be called Frontera, will be located at the University of Texas at Austin's (UT Austin) Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC).
These are interesting times we are living in. Gone are the days that children play outside for hours on end and are told to be home before the street lights come on. The days are also gone when children would rather play outside because they did not own any technology devices to occupy their time.
China is building a 1 billion yuan (US$145.4 million) “superconducting computer” - an unprecedented machine capable of developing new weapons, breaking codes, analysing intelligence and - according to official information and researchers involved in the project - helping stave off surging energy demand.
Quantum computing has the potential to tackle problems conventional computers can’t handle, such as discovering how diseases develop and creating more effective drugs to treat them. It exploits fundamental laws of physics to solve complex computing problems in new ways that are not well served by classical computers. The potential of its massive, parallel-computing power has driven academia, government and private companies alike in a race to invent it.
From codebreaking to aircraft design, complex problems in a wide range of fields exist that even today's best computers cannot solve. To accelerate the development of a practical quantum computer that will one day answer currently unsolvable research questions, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $15 million over five years to the multi-institution Software-Tailored Architecture for Quantum co-design (STAQ) project.
The US has regained its crown of owning the world’s fastest supercomputer--the machines that can achieve medical and scientific breakthroughs thanks to their enormous processing power--for the first time in six years. But China’s leaving the US in the dust when it comes to their respective shares of the world’s top supercomputers.
Before having kids, tech entrepreneur Nirav Tolia spent hours online each day catching up on his favorite sports teams, doing research, or scrolling through social media. Now the father of three young sons, Tolia, the co-founder and chief executive of neighborhood-based social network Nextdoor, goes out of his way to put his smartphone down so he and his wife can lead by example for their kids.
Plenty of people around the world got new gadgets Friday, but one in Eastern Tennessee stands out. Summit, a new supercomputer unveiled at Oak Ridge National Lab is, unofficially for now, the most powerful calculating machine on the planet. It was designed in part to scale up the artificial intelligence techniques that power some of the recent tricks in your smartphone.
The education-technology market has largely not been going Apple’s way in recent years, for all of its efforts to make its iPads and Macintosh computers the go-to classroom computers everywhere. Apple faces fierce competition from Chromebooks, which are Web-centric, Google-flavored laptops that are inexpensive for school districts to purchase en masse -- iPads are typically pricier -- and are a breeze for school IT managers to deploy and manage.
In the three weeks since researchers revealed major flaws in virtually every computer processors, issuing patches has not gone smoothly. "It's been a bit of a disaster," said Ellison Anne Williams, founder and CEO of security firm Enveil. "The problem happens in the memory of the computer. Anytime you start messing with memory, things can go wrong very quickly. Some of the patches coming out do unexpected things. It takes a long time to see how things are going."