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When 5G is here, a wireless supercomputer will follow you around

The future of cars: Self-driving and electric Next-generation tech like self-driving cars and augmented reality will need huge amounts of computing power. AT&T(T, Tech30) on Tuesday detailed its plan to use “edge computing” and 5G to move data processing to the cloud, in order to better support these new technologies. “[Edge computing] is like having a wireless supercomputer follow you wherever you go,” AT&T said in a statement. Rather than sending data to AT&T’s core data centers — which are often hundreds of miles away from customers — it will ...

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IBM, US Air Force Are Building a Neuromorphic Supercomputer

IBM and the US Air Force have announced that they’re teaming up to build a unique supercomputer based on IBM’s TrueNorth neuromorphic architecture. The new supercomputer will consist of 64 million neurons and 16 billion synapses, while using just 10W of wall power. It’s common, when discussing CPUs, to compare them with the human brain. Superficially, the two seem similar — brains, like CPUs, receive inputs, perform calculations based on those inputs, and then return a result. But while brains and conventional CPUs may seem similar at an extremely high ...

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Nvidia builds its own supercomputer, claims top efficiency spot in the TOP500

Every six months, the TOP500 team releases a list of the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world based on their results in the long-running Linpack benchmark. These machines are typically owned by governments or are built as public-private partnerships between various government and industry partners who share costs and computer time. This year, Nvidia has made its own entry — and no, I don’t mean that Nvidia is powering someone else’s system, or that the company collaborated with a different firm. Nvidia built its own frickin’ supercomputer. The new ...

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World’s largest neutrino detector gets a Fujitsu-powered supercomputer upgrade

Top image credit: Kamioka Observatory, ICRR(Institute for Cosmic Ray Research), The University of Tokyo Fujitsu is a company most associated with cameras and low-cost electronics in the United States, but this is a misperception. The company is a significant manufacturer of semiconductors, with its own SPARC processors, supercomputer designs, and cloud services. Last month, we discussed how Fujitsu had partnered with ARM to add support for ARM’s new vector processing SIMD to upcoming supercomputer architectures. But that’s not the only big iron the Japanese firm has in the proverbial fire. The ...

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IBM to deliver 200-petaflop supercomputer by early 2018; Cray moves to Intel Xeon Phi

More supercomputer news this week: The US is responding to China’s new Sunway TiahuLight system that was announced Monday, and fast. First, the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory is expected to take delivery of a new IBM system, named Summit, in early 2018 that will now be capable of 200 peak petaflops, Computerworld reports. That would make it almost twice as fast as TaihuLight if the claim proves true. (We had originally reported in 2014 that both Summit and Sierra would achieve roughly 150 petaflops.) TaihuLight (pictured below) now sits ...

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Meet the new world’s fastest supercomputer: China’s TaihuLight

China has done it again — except this time with a brand new supercomputer. The Sunway TaihuLight is now the fastest system in the world, according to the twice-per-year TOP500 list, with a stunning Linpack benchmark result of 93 petaflops. That makes it three times faster than the prior champion, China’s Tianhe-2, which we’ve covered numerous times on ExtremeTech and had sat on top of the list since it first went online in 2013. What’s even more interesting this time around is what’s under TaihuLight’s hood: a locally developed ShenWei ...

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NCAR to get new SGI supercomputer to sharpen climate change projections

Share This article Climate science will soon get a big boost from a new supercomputer. The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) will be working with the venerable SGI on a new system to develop more advanced climate and weather models. NCAR’s new supercomputer will be the SGI ICE XA, named “Cheyenne.” It will replace the current “Yellowstone” IBM supercomputer (pictured above), deliver 2.5 times the computing power, and will help provide more accurate — and therefore actionable — projections about the impact of climate change for specific regions 10 years ...

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Nvidia Announces New AI Supercomputer for Self-Driving Cars

Technology company Nvidia today announced a new supercomputer powered by artificial intelligence and designed to enable a car to drive autonomously. Called the Nvidia Drive PX 2, the supercomputer is the size of a lunchbox and has processing power equivalent to that of “100 MacBook Pros.” Speaking at the Nvidia press conference in the lead up to CES, CEO Jen-Hsun Huang described the Drive PX 2 as the “world’s first supercomputer for self-driving cars.” The Drive PX 2 is powered by Nvidia GPUs and has 360-degree situational awareness around the ...

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