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Canadian Researchers Build Virtual Brain

Dec 5, 2012 |

Computational neuroscientists at the University of Waterloo construct a rather human-like visual recognition system.

Sequoia Supercomputer Pumps Up Heart Research

Oct 24, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”” alt=”” width=”92″ height=”90″ />The world’s fastest computer has created the fastest computer simulation of the human heart. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sequoia supercomputer, a TOP500 chart topper, was built to handle top secret nuclear weapons simulations, but before it goes behind the classified curtain, it is generating sophisticated cardiac simulations.

Could the Universe Reveal Itself as a Computer Simulation?

Oct 10, 2012 |

If so, who wrote the software?

DreamWorks Outsources Animation Work to Chinese Petaflopper

Oct 8, 2012 |

Tianhe-1A enters the CGI rendering business.

Virtual Knitting

Aug 23, 2012 |

Researchers develop computer simulation that knits fabrics one stitch at a time.

Proving the Case for Climate Change with Hi-Res Models

Aug 2, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”” alt=”” width=”98″ height=”98″ />Although serious scientists believe we’re past the point of debating the validity of climate change, the computer models that support this research are not perfect. Fortunately, the latest improvements to high-resolution climate simulations are not only improving the fidelity of the models, but are also deepening our understanding of climate dynamics, both qualitatively and quantitatively.

Soft Serve Supercomputing

Jul 27, 2012 |

Scientists use latest Cray supercomputer to figure out how to make better ice cream.

Novel Chip Technology to Power GRAPE-8 Supercomputer

May 10, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”” alt=”” width=”108″ height=”34″ />With the fastest supercomputers on the planet sporting multi-megawatt appetites, green HPC has become all the rage. The IBM Blue Gene/Q machine is currently number one in energy-efficient flops, but a new FPGA-like technology brought to market by semiconductor startup eASIC is providing an even greener computing solution. And one HPC project in Japan, known as GRAPE, is using the chips to power its newest supercomputer.

Nukes to Save the Earth

Mar 12, 2012 |

Supercomputer simulation shows an Earth-bound asteroid can be rendered harmless with a nuclear blast.

Aircraft Simulations Push Computing to the Cutting Edge

Jan 26, 2012 |

<img style=”float: left;” src=”” alt=”” width=”107″ height=”89″ />Designing an aircraft is one of the more expensive endeavors in the manufacturing business. It’s no surprise that large manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus have turned to computing, and especially high performance computing, to streamline the effort. To get a sense of the current state of the art, we asked Guus Dekkers, CIO of EADS and Airbus, to shed some light on the computational challenges involved.