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Fujitsu to Build Post-K Supercomputer for RIKEN in Japan

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Today Riken announced that Fujitsu Ltd. has been selected to develop the basic design for Japan’s next-generation supercomputer.

Memory-Driven Near-Data Acceleration and its Application to DOME/SKA

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In this video from the 2014 HPC User Forum in Seattle, Jan van Lunteren from IBM Research Labs in Zurich presents: Memory-Driven Near-Data Acceleration.

HPC at Paypal: Leveraging DSPs for Systems Intelligence

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“PayPal’s novel approach is to convert events represented in a plain text format into a numeric format which can be analyzed in real-time using mathematical techniques with hardware specifically designed to operate on such numeric data. The first instantiation of this approach uses ProLiant m800 cartridges powered by TI’s 66AK2Hx DSP processor.”

Can IBM Succeed with Neurosynaptic Computing?

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In this Industry Perspective from Scientific Computing World, Robert Roe considers the human challenges that must be overcome if IBM’s new neurosynaptic computing paradigm is to be successful. “IBM’s move reflects a growing understanding by hardware manufacturers that software is critical to the uptake of new chips and new architectures. Creating a new architecture, drastically different from those that preceded it, inexorably creates challenges and increases the complexity of generating code that will work for the new system.”

DOE Task Force Releases Recommendations for Exascale Investment

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A new report on the problems and opportunities that will drive the need for next generation HPC has been released by the Task Force on High Performance Computing of Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. Commissioned by Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz, the report includes recommendations as to where the DOE and the NNSA should invest to deliver the next class of leading edge machines by the middle of the next decade.

IBM Looks to Synaptic Computing with TrueNorth Chip

The TrueNorth chip redefines what is possible in the field of brain-inspired computers, in terms of size, architecture, efficiency, scalability, and design techniques.

“We have designed an end-to-end ecosystem complete with a new simulator, a new programming language, an integrated programming environment, new libraries, new (and old) algorithms as well as applications, and a new teaching curriculum. The goal of the ecosystem is to dramatically increase programmer productivity. Metaphorically, if TrueNorth is “ENIAC”, then our ecosystem is the corresponding “FORTRAN.”

Danish Researchers Archieve World Record 43 Tbps Data Transfer

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The High-Speed Optical Communications team at DTU Fotonik have a world record data transfer rate of 43 Terabits per second.

Is Light-speed Computing Only Months Away?

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In this video, Professor Heinz Wolff explains the Optalysys Optical Processor. The Cambridge UK based startup announced today that the company is only months away from launching a prototype optical processor with “the potential to deliver Exascale levels of processing power on a standard-sized desktop computer.”

Station Q Tackles Quantum Computing at Microsoft

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“Our belief is that trying to build a quantum machine by controlling electron spin and using surface codes is like trying to build a computer using vacuum tubes. Labs all over the world can do that, but you’ll never be able to scale up.”

IBM Announces $3 Billion Research Initiative to Create Post-silicon Future

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Today IBM announced a new $3 billion dollar R&D investment to create the next generation of chip technologies for the post-silicon era.