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 Cards

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… » 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… » 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