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IBM A.I. Watson is getting a second home in San Francisco

IBM A.I. Watson is getting a second home in San Francisco

IBM's super smart artificial intelligence system Watson is heading West for a little sun, sand, and startups. IBM says the A.I., which became a Jeopardy champion when it beat humans on the game show in 2011, is getting a new West Coast headquarters in San Francisco next year. While the Watson Group will still keep its headquarters in Manhattan, New York, Watson West is aimed at serving as a hub that can easily reach out to startups in Silicon Valley.

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IBM supercomputer Watson can treat cancer

IBM supercomputer Watson can treat cancer

IBM's powerful supercomputer, Watson, can make calculations at superhuman speeds, making connections between analyzed data that humans might miss. This is exactly why a team of oncologists plans to use Watson to guide cancer therapies at fourteen different cancer institutes in America and Canada. The hospitals are paying IBM a subscription fee to access the supercomputer. Watson will be especially useful to oncology institutes as cancer doesn't have a one-size-fits-all protocol. Sure, we imagine it's as simple as radiation or chemotherapy, but sometimes tumor cells induce odd mutations in surrounding cells, making them impervious to standard treatments.

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Google researchers work around Quantum Computing errors

Google researchers work around Quantum Computing errors

Quantum computers can solve problems that would take an ordinary computer millions of years to complete. It would take not thousands, but millions of years to create solutions to complex equations. Google and researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) have just tackled the latest roadblock that was holding back quantum computing. They created program groups called qubits, which use delicate quantum physics to represent information. They programmed these qubits to identify and prevent calculation errors. Qubits haven't actually prevented initial bit-flip errors, but they prevent the mistake from derailing a calculation.

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IBM and NVIDIA give US supercomputers a brain boost

IBM and NVIDIA give US supercomputers a brain boost

US supercomputers are having to grow up, with a wider set of tasks the machines at Lawrence Livermore and Oak Ridge National Laboratories are being asked to do by the researchers, national security teams, and others given access to them demanding a change in architecture in order to keep them flexible. IBM and NVIDIA are upgrading two supercomputers - Sierra at Lawrence Livermore, and Summit at Oak Ridge - using IBM's support for the open-source OpenPOWER standard, increasing the interconnect speed of the CPU and GPU processors responsible for doing all the heavy-duty crunching. In fact, so the companies claim, there'll be as much as a tenfold cut in processing time for real-world applications.

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NVIDIA talks smarter supercomputers for better AI

NVIDIA talks smarter supercomputers for better AI

NVIDIA has discussed its plans to push supercomputer technology and enable much more intelligent artificial intelligence (AI), demonstrating its CUDA for Machine Leaning system. Discussing image detection, gesture and speech recognition, recommendation engines, and more, NVIDIA set out its stall for why its GPUs are the natural platform for AI.

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Dogecoins illicitly mined on Harvard supercomputing cluster

Dogecoins illicitly mined on Harvard supercomputing cluster

Dogecoins, the cryptocurrency that arose to a degree of unexpected popularity in recent times, was mined without permission on Harvard's supercomputing cluster, it has been reported. The issue resulted in the person responsible having their privileges stripped, according to an internal email that surfaced by way of The Harvard Crimson.

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Google gives an update on D-Wave 2 quantum computer benchmark status

Google gives an update on D-Wave 2 quantum computer benchmark status

As a tech company, Google has been known to branch out into different areas of interests, from self-driving cars to smart wearable technology and, more recently, to robotics. One thing it has dipped its toe in also quite recently is the field of quantum computing, having jointly purchased a fancy D-Wave 2 supercomputer. Now its A.I. Lab Team is trying to give an update on just how much that $10 million expenditure is worth.

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Scientists trace superconductivity anomalies to a single point

Scientists trace superconductivity anomalies to a single point

Superconducting materials that function at room temperature make electrons behave unpredictably. The electrons sometimes arrange themselves in lines or around atoms in an asymmetrical arrangement. This is one reason superconductors have not proliferated into everyday use -- an advance that would render everything from power lines to personal computers far, far more efficient. But two scientists now say they have discovered the cause of those anomalies in zero-resistance systems and are now working on a practical way to get rid of them.

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NVIDIA Tesla K40 accelerator is world’s fastest for supercomputers

NVIDIA Tesla K40 accelerator is world’s fastest for supercomputers

NVIDIA has outed its most powerful GPU-based processing accelerator to-date, the Tesla K40, and it's headed to supercomputers in 2014. Mustering up to 40x the performance of the last-gen K20X, the K40 delivers 1.43 teraflops of processing power from its 2,880 CUDA cores and 12GB of GDDR5 memory. There'll be plenty of opportunity for it to show what it can do, too; NVIDIA has inked a collaboration with IBM that will see the two company's silicon sharing supercomputer space from next year.

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IBM Watson API makes supercomptuer available as a service for apps

IBM Watson API makes supercomptuer available as a service for apps

IBM's Watson question answering supercomptuer is an impressive bit of kit. The machine has competed very well against humans in many areas, including on the game show Jeopardy. IBM has announced a new API that makes the Watson question answering machine available as a service.

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Tianhe-2 Chinese supercomputer snatches No.1 place from USA

Tianhe-2 Chinese supercomputer snatches No.1 place from USA

China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer has reclaimed the top spot for speed, almost twice as fast as the previous reigning champion, the US's Titan. Tianhe-2, unsurprisingly the follow-up to the Tianhe-1A which grabbed pole position back in 2010, is capable of 33.86 petaflops per second of processing, ranking organization TOP500 confirms, far ahead of the 17.59 petaflops per second Titan is capable of.

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Bitcoin mining operation tops world’s fastest supercomputers

Bitcoin mining operation tops world’s fastest supercomputers

Bitcoin, the online currency that looks to revolutionize how we look at money in an online environment, is rising in popularity. However, in order to create Bitcoins, you have to mine them first, meaning that you give up a certain amount of computational power in order to process the creation of Bitcoins (similar to Folding@Home). In fact, Bitcoin mining is such a huge thing right now, that the entire mining network is faster than most of the world's fastest supercomputers combined.

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