U.S. and IBM dominate new list of top 500 supercomputers

The U.S. is once again home to the world's most powerful supercomputer, rebounding after it was knocked out of the top spot by China two years ago and Japan last year.The latest Top500

Published on: July 16th, 2012 Patrick Thibodeau

Forget quad-core CPUs – Intel predicts 1,000 cores possible

An experimental Intel chip shows the feasibility of building processors with 1,000 cores, an Intel researcher has asserted. The architecture for the Intel 48-core Single Chip Cloud Computer (SCC) processor is "arbitrarily scalable,"

Published on: November 23rd, 2010 Joab Jackson

Cloud supercomputing lets small firms act like big guns

For much of its existence, Woodward Governor Co. has been building fuel nozzles and other parts for jet aircraft engines the old-fashioned way -- carefully designing them, building physical prototypes out of raw

Published on: July 14th, 2010 Todd R. Weiss

Stunning supercomputing apps that can run on your desktop

High-performance computing (HPC) has almost always required a supercomputer -- one of those room-size monoliths you find at government research labs and universities. And while those systems aren't going away, some of the

Published on: February 22nd, 2010 John Brandon

Building your own scaled-down supercomputer is a piece of cake

When I think of a supercomputer, I still envision a monster box, its console ablaze with flashing lights. Alas, supercomputers are much duller today. In fact, according to top500.org, more than half of

Published on: October 20th, 2006 Lynn Greiner