IBM's $43 Million Computer For the World's Largest Radio Telescope

When it's built, the Square Kilometer Array will be the world's largest radio telescope. Then, when it goes online, it will spit out 1,000,000 terabytes of data each day—and IBM is trying to make a computer which can handle it. » 4/02/12 5:49am 4/02/12 5:49am

The Most Powerful Desktop PC-Sized Supercomputer

Six NVIDIA GTX295 dual-GPU cards and one GTX275 single-GPU card add up to a "massive 12TFLOPS of computing power," and they fit into the Fastra II's desktop computer-sized case making it smaller and more powerful than the first Fastra supercomputer. » 12/14/09 4:20pm 12/14/09 4:20pm

Hands On Cray CX1 Windows Supercomputer: One Day, It'll Make Crysis Cry

Cray's CX1 supercomputer » 9/22/08 11:30am 9/22/08 11:30am looks oddly petite in its , but we checked it out in person today, and it's actually like a small sarcophagus loaded with computer guts instead of actual guts. Unfortunately, it's still fairly early in the getting-going phase, so they don't have a lot of software running for it, much less…

FASTRA Desktop Supercomputer Built With 4 Nvidia 9800 GX2 Graphics…

Looking at new computational methods for tomography—a technique used by medical scanners to create 3D images—University of Antwerp researchers have built a budget supercomputer using four Nvidia 9800 GX2 graphics cards (a total of eight GPUs with 1,024 stream processors) as its super-calculating soul, which "perform as … » 5/29/08 8:20pm 5/29/08 8:20pm

IBM Mixes Water, Chips to Make Supercomputer And Cook Dinner Too

It might sound like a risky idea, but IBM's new Power 575 supercomputer uses a new system of chip-level water-cooling to keep its processors chilled. Nicknamed "Hydro Cluster", the machine actually uses 448 of the new 5GHz POWER6 processors. They must kick out a hefty heat load because IBM thinks there're eco-friendly… » 4/09/08 9:40am 4/09/08 9:40am

IBM Kittyhawk to Host the Entire Internet, Eat the Planet with Fries

In what is a sure sign of recklessness and suicidal tendencies, IBM has decided to take us closer to Skynet with Kittyhawk, a global-scale shared supercomputer so enormously big, so gigantastically powerful that it will be able to run the entire internet as one application. Because that's exactly what the planet needs, … » 2/25/08 2:30pm 2/25/08 2:30pm

MIT Cyclists Set Record for Pedal-Powered Supercomputing

A team of 10 cyclists from MIT have set a new world record in the field of Human Powered Computation (HPC) by drawing 1.2 kilowatts of electricity and powering a a SiCortex SC648 supercomputer over the course of a 20 minute nonstop ride. If you recall, SiCortex pulled a similar stunt with another group of bikers at… » 12/17/07 5:30pm 12/17/07 5:30pm