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Microsoft Gives Devs More Open Source Quantum Computing Goodies

Microsoft has announced the first major upgrade to its Quantum Development Kit since its introduction last year. It has added several new features designed to open the platform to a wider array of developers, including support for Linux and macOS, as well as additional open source libraries. Further...

Linux Leaders Join HPC Devs on Open Source Framework

The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced that it's forming the OpenHPC Collaborative Project to push the software supply to support high-powered computing. The project will provide a new open source framework to meet HPC's unique application demands and parallel runtime requirements, the organizat...

ANALYSIS

AMD ARMs for Data Center Brawl

The success of ARM-based processors in mobile phones and tablets has had a tectonic effect across numerous IT markets, but one of their most intriguing opportunities is in data centers. It seems contradictory that a CPU architecture designed for power efficiency and lightweight applications would...

AMD Breaks New Ground With FX Bulldozer Processors

Advanced Micro Devices has unveiled its FX Series family of processors, which includes two it heralds as the first eight-core desktop CPUs. These are the first processors available in retail that use AMD's new Bulldozer multicore architecture. The FX processors are priced at between $115 and $245 an...

Titan Starts Training for Supercomputing’s World Cup

The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has awarded U.S. supercomputer manufacturer Cray a contract to upgrade its existing Jaguar supercomputer. The contract, which Cray pegs as worth $97 million, will cover a multi-phase process scheduled for completion in 2013. Cray will essentially rip out and replace...

Refreshed Computer Museum Looks Back at 2 Millennia of Thinking Machines

The Computer History Museum has come a long way since its start in a closet at the Digital Equipment Corporation in 1975, as is evidenced by the institution's $19 million renovated facility opening its doors to the public Thursday. The renovated museum, housed in the former headquarters of Silicon G...

Chinese Supercomputer Blazes Path to Glory

China has unveiled the world's fastest supercomputer, the Tianhe-1A, at a high-performance computing conference in Beijing. The Tianhe-1A has a Linpack benchmark performance of 2.507 petaflops, according to Nvidia, whose Tesla M2050 graphics processing units were used in the supercomputer. Linpack i...

OPINION

IBM’s Smarter Systems: Getting the Word Out

Many IT analyst events qualify as exercises in ridiculous self-promotion, but IBM's recent Smarter Systems for a Smarter Planet event had a more sublime goal in mind: to qualify the hot topic of workload-optimized systems and quantify their value to business partners and enterprise customers. Along ...

AMD Aims to Regain Its Mojo

It's been a couple of years since AMD had to delay shipments of its buggy quad-core Barcelona server chip to manufacturers, costing the company market share, stock value and reputation. Now, the No. 2 chip vendor hopes to come roaring back with the world's first 8- and 12-core x86 processors and a h...

MainGear Warms Up New Line of Personal Supercomputers

Boutique gaming PC maker MainGear on Monday announced a new line of what it describes as "personal supercomputers." The Shift, a large desktop built to user specifications, runs at up to 4 GHz and features its a liquid cooling system. Prices begin at $2,199. MainGear has designed the Shift line to ...

Nvidia Puts On Graphic Power Display With Fermi

Graphics processor vendor Nvidia on Wednesday announced its next-generation CUDA graphics processor unit architecture, code-named "Fermi." The Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Department of Energy's largest science and energy laboratory, has announced it will build a new supercomputer based on Fer...

Cray Intros Supercomputer Value Meal for $25K

Supercomputer maker has introduced the CX1, a small and low-cost supercomputer running Microsoft's new HPC Server 2008. The system is scheduled for official release Sept. 22. Aimed at users across a range of markets, including financial services, aerospace, automotive, petroleum, life sciences, gove...

IBM Roadrunner Meep-Meeps to Top of Supercomputer Rankings

IBM claimed bragging rights Wednesday as its Roadrunner supercomputer earned the title of the world's most powerful supercomputer. The ranking, bestowed during the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany, is a biannual event that ranks the 500 most powerful computers around the w...

Intel, Cray Ink Supercomputing Tech Deal

Intel has signed a multiyear agreement with supercomputer vendor Cray. The deal gives microchips from Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel an avenue into Cray supercomputer systems that serve some of the most highly advanced computing applications in the government, military and engineering sectors. The ...

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