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Can Supercomputers Predict the Future?

In this age of big data, would it surprise you to learn that supercomputers are on track to predicting wars, revolutions and other societal disruptions? Data scientist Kalev Leetaru is one of the foremost proponents in the emerging field of predictive supercomputing. His research helped usher in the era of "petascale humanities," where computers can identify useful or interesting patterns if provided with sufficiently large data repositories.

An 83,000-Processor Supercomputer Can Only Match 1% of Your Brain

You've undoubtedly heard over and over again about what an absurdly complex entity the human brain is. But a new breakthrough by Japanese and German scientists might finally drive the point home. Taking advantage of the almost 83,000 processors of one of the world's most powerful supercomputers, the team was able to mimic just one percent of one second's worth of human brain activity—and even that took 40 minutes.

Raijin Debuts as Fastest Supercomputer in Australia

Officials at Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra today took the wraps off Raijin, a new 1.2 petaflop supercomputer that is fastest ever in the country. The new cluster is housed at the new National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility on the ANU campus, and will be used for climate modeling, among other uses.

Secretary Moniz Dedicates New Supercomputer at National Energy Technology Laboratory

MORGANTOWN, WV – U.S. Energy Secretary Moniz dedicated a new supercomputer — one of the world’s fastest and most energy efficient—at the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) on July 29, 2013. The high-performance computer for energy and the environment is not only one of the top 100 supercomputers in the world, but it is also one of the most energy efficient for its size.The supercomputer is a 503 TFlops (trillion floating-point operations per second) computer that enables researchers to apply complex model simulations for advanced energy and environmental technology development. This is a unique tool tailored for engineering calculations in support of fossil energy research.

NVIDIA Takes PGI Under Wing

Moments ago NVIDIA unleashed news that it would be acquiring the Portland Group International (PGI), which has been a standby in the HPC market for Fortran and C compiler tools.