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IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

IBM / NCSA Petascale Supercomputer “Blue Waters” Project Abandoned

Both the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) and IBM have cited unforeseen costs and greater than expected complexities amongst reasons for abandoning plans to create a petaflop-speed supercomputer this Monday. A petaflop, for those wondering, is a measure of the processing speed of a computer, that being a thousand trillion floating point operations per second - a computer with such speed capabilities being news in and of itself. Having started the project back in 2008, IBM reports today that it has terminated its four-year "Blue Waters" contract estimated at about $208 million USD, previously expected to have been delivered inside 2011.

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Computer Beats Human Shogi Player in 6 Hours

Computer Beats Human Shogi Player in 6 Hours

For those who remember, back in 1997 IBM's advanced computer called Deep Blue managed to defeat Gary Kasparov in a game of western chess. For some, it was the sign of the end times, where computers would take over the world and enslave the human race. And while computers are still able to beat western chess players to this day, it's apparently never been done in a game of shogi, or Japanese chess. That is, until now. It's been reported by The Mainichi Daily News that the top women's shogi player has been officially defeated by the computer Akara 2010.

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University of Minnesota purchases new supercomputer

University of Minnesota purchases new supercomputer

The University of Minnesota has announced that it is getting a new supercomputer at its institute for Advanced Computational Research. The new supercomputer is based on the SGI Altix UV 100 supercomputer and was purchase with funds from a NIH grant. The machine is being installed and undergoing acceptance testing during October and November with the machine being ready for end users in November.

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ASUS ECS 1000 desktop supercomputer debuts

ASUS ECS 1000 desktop supercomputer debuts

ASUS have outed their first supercomputer, and while you might associate the term with rooms packed full of ominous black totems, the ASUS ECS 1000 is actually a simple desktop.  Despite the compact size, the ECS 1000 manages to hit speeds of up to 1.1 terraflops courtesy of NVIDIA graphics cards; the 3.33GHz Intel LGA1366 Xeon W3580 is paired with three NVIDIA Tesla C1060 computing processors and a single Quadro FX5800.

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