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George Leopold has written about science and technology for more than 25 years, focusing on electronics and aerospace technology. He previously served as Executive Editor for Electronic Engineering Times.

Intel’s FPGAs Target Datacenters, Networking

Oct 6, 2016 | Targeting cloud computing, datacenters, network infrastructure and Internet of Things sensors, chipmaker Intel Corp. said it is sampling the latest version of its field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs). Intel said this week its Stratix 10 FPGAs are the first chips based on its 14-nanometer tri-gate process technology used to implement its HyperFlex architecture. Read more…

Microsoft Eyes AI Supercomputer on Azure

Oct 3, 2016 |

Microsoft is jumping on the artificial intelligence bandwagon with the formation of a new research group that will seek to make the technology more accessible via its Azure cloud while helping to deliver new capabilities across applications, services and infrastructure.

The infrastructure portion of the effort focuses on combining the processing engines like GPUs and FPGAs designed to improve network connectivity as ways to boost AI performance running on Microsoft’s Azure Cloud. Read more…

The Case for ‘Inexactness’ in Supercomputing

Oct 6, 2015 |

Scientific computing must become less rigid and power hungry as researchers seek new ways to model and understand the real world, a climatologist argues.

In a commentary published this week in the journal Nature, climate researcher Tim Palmer asserted that “we should question whether all scientific computations need to be performed deterministically — that is, always producing the same output given the same input — and with the same high level of precision. Read more…

IEEE Group Seeks to Reinvent Computing as Scaling Stalls

May 6, 2015 |

Computer scientists worried about the end of computing as we know it have been banging heads for several years looking for ways to return to the historical exponential scaling of computer performance. What is needed, say the proponents of an initiative called “Rebooting Computing,” is nothing less than a radical rethinking of how computers are designed in order to achieve the trifecta of greater performance, lower power consumption and “baking security in from the start.” Read more…