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Complex Order From Simple Interactions

“Emergence” is when simple components interact in simple ways but more complex properties, processes, and behavior emerge that were not part of the original pieces or their properties and behavior. Complexity emerges spontaneously in natural systems around us all the time. Ant colonies, birds flocking, chemical interactions, crystallization, traffic flow, and the automata from the […]

Bitcoin Virtual Money

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that is both established and safeguarded by mathematical techniques. We understand that most common currencies in use today are no longer backed by something like the gold standard. This means they maintain their value through a level of trust in the national economy that they represent. Bitcoin attempts to establish […]

Intel Xeon Phi CPU w/72 cores

Intel has upgraded it’s Xeon Phi co-processor to become a standalone CPU that can have as many as 72 cores. The older “Knights Corner” version of the Xeon Phi is a co-processor mounted on a PCIe board and can go up to 61 cores. The new “Knights Landing” version is a standalone chip that is […]

Shape Resolution “Morphees”

Using shape memory alloys and other technology, researchers are creating mobile devices that can morph into different forms to serve different functions and have coined the phrase, “shape resolution”. Morphees – [youtube.com] We introduce the term shape resolution, which adds to the existing definitions of screen and touch resolution. We propose a framework, based on […]

Things To Do With a Supercomputer

For the purpose of creating a task list, the definition of supercomputer can be loosely expanded to include clusters, grids, clouds and all forms of conglomeration of a large amount of computing power. MODELING Weather forecasting – a complex three dimensional fluid dynamics model being constantly recalculated with a massive amount of dynamic data being […]

Stampede will use GPUs to reach 10 petaflops

The University of Texas at Austin is building a new supercomputer called Stampede, which will be housed in the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). Dell servers, Intel coprocessors, and NVIDIA GPUs will comprise the hardware for the linux cluster, which is expected to reach a performance level of over 10 quadrillion calculations per second (petaflop). […]

Cubic Centimeter Supercomputers

It’s no surprise any more that we expect computers to get both smaller and more powerful every year. Most sugar cubes measure about 1 cubic centimeter. Scientists at IBM are working on a cooling system that they think will enable supercomputing capability in a very small form factor. Supercomputers the size of sugar cubes – […]

Raman Optical Amplifiers

Early lasers “pumped” ruby rods with light from flash tubes creating a photon cascade that eventually produced a beam of coherent light. Recently, lasers have been developed that can produce a coherent beam of light from a silicon chip. Raman lasers are a particular type of silicon lasers. Simulations done on supercomputers have shown that […]

Red Storm

Red Storm

Red Storm is a massively parallel processing supercomputer developed by Sandia Labs and Cray for the Department of Energy to do advanced simulation and modeling in nuclear weapons research. It is now being rededicated to national security problems including cyber defense, vulnerability assessments, situational awareness and more. NNSA Dedicates National Security Computing Center at Sandia […]

Single Chip Cloud Computer

Intel’s promise to deliver computers with thousands of processing cores takes a big step forward with the announcement of a 48 core CPU that they call the Single-chip Cloud Computer (SCC). It claims to use better power management, high speed internal communications and provide good software compatibility. Single-chip Cloud Computer – [intel.com] Overview Intel Labs […]