Tag: Google

In OpenPOWER Play, IBM and Google Make Hyperscale Waves at Summit

Apr 6, 2016 |

OpenPOWER Foundation, the mostly IBM-driven effort to create an alternative architecture to Intel x86, took a major step forward today with the announcement of a joint effort by Google and Rackspace to co-develop an open data center server architecture design specification based on…

Google’s AlphaGo Defeats Go Star Lee Sedol

Mar 16, 2016 |

Remember the IBM Deep Blue-Gary Kasparov chess match? It ended somewhat controversially in 1997 when Deep Blue – after a significant upgrade – rebounded from a deficit to escape with a 3½-2 ½ win. The match took nearly a year and one half. Yesterday, Google AlphaGo platform ended its Go match with a decisive win Read more…

Cryptography Pioneers Diffie and Hellman Win ACM Turing Award

Mar 3, 2016 |

Two distinguished cryptography pioneers, Whitfield Diffie, former Chief Security Officer of Sun Microsystems and Martin E. Hellman, Professor Emeritus of Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, were awarded the 2015 ACM A.M. Turing Award for critical contributions to modern cryptography this week. Diffie and Hellman’s invention of public-key cryptography and digital signatures revolutionized computer security and Read more…

Handicapping IBM/OpenPOWER’s Odds for Success

Jan 19, 2016 |

2016 promises to be pivotal in the IBM/OpenPOWER effort to claim a non-trivial chunk of the Intel-dominated high-end server landscape. Big Blue’s stated goal of 20-to-30 percent market share is huge. Intel currently enjoys 90-plus percent share and has seemed virtually unassailable. In an ironic twist of the old mantra ‘no one ever got fired Read more…

Cycle Computing Orchestrates Cancer Research on Google Cloud

Sep 10, 2015 |

This week HPC cloud software specialist Cycle Computing announced that its full suite of products can now be used to spin up clusters on Google’s cloud platform. As testament to the new partnership, Cycle leveraged Google Compute Engine (GCE) to run a 50,000-core cancer gene analysis workload for the Broad Institute. As Cycle Computing explains, Broad’s Cancer Group approached them Read more…

Aerospace Explores the Compute Horizon

Sep 4, 2014 |

For much of the history of aviation, designers and engineers ran their calculations and experiments without the benefit of computers. But as the price of computation dropped, the competitive advantage conferred by digital engineering became clear. The aerospace industry has reached a turning point where the complexity of the simulation work is necessitating an increase in the Read more…

Googler Nabs Top White House Tech Job

Sep 4, 2014 |

The White House announced that Google executive Megan Smith has been named the next US Chief Technology Officer. According to a blog post from White House official John P. Holdren, Smith will “lead Administration-wide efforts to unleash the power of technology, data, and innovation to help meet our nation’s goals and the needs of our Read more…

Google Expands Quantum Computing Program

Sep 3, 2014 |

Google and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are partnering on a super-fast “quantum” computer chip with the potential to dramatically alter the supercomputing landscape with its power and speed. The search giant announced Tuesday that renowned researcher John Martinis and his team at the University of California, Santa Barbara, would become the newest members of Read more…

Everything You Always Wanted to Ask D-Wave

Jan 13, 2014 |

Whether or not the D-Wave quantum computer is in actuality a quantum computer is a debate that HPCwire has been following since the project hatched in 2007. Early critics of the system claimed that it wasn’t a “real” quantum computer. Since that time, D-Wave has been winning over supporters, including Google, NASA and Lockheed Martin. Read more…

Google Compute Engine Enters General Availability

Dec 5, 2013 |

Search giant Google announced this week that its Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) offering, Google Compute Engine (GCE), has gone into general availability. The news comes about 18 months after the service was launched at Google’s I/O conference in June 2012. The announcement of general availability brings several new features to the product, including expanded OS support, new Read more…