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  • Modular smartphones could be reused as computer clusters

    The promise of modular smartphones like Google's Project Ara is that buyers will be able to upgrade components at will -- and now Finnish company Circular Devices has come up with a use for discarded computing modules.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs27 Jan. 15 00:52
  • Ellison sings a new tune: Oracle hardware is cheapest

    Larry Ellison has opened a new front in his battle with Cisco Systems and EMC, launching new Oracle hardware on Wednesday that he claims will be the cheapest on the market.

    Written by James Niccolai22 Jan. 15 13:17
  • SC13: Top 500 shows growing inequality in supercomputing power

    Supercomputing power is being concentrated in a smaller number of machines, according to the latest Top 500 list of high-performance computers. Keepers of the list are uncertain how to parse that trend.

    Written by Joab Jackson20 Nov. 13 22:01
  • Cray brings Hadoop to supercomputing

    Helping scientific supercomputing take advantage of emerging big-data technologies, high-performance computing manufacturer Cray is releasing a set of packages promising to optimize the process of running Hadoop on the company's XC30 machines.

    Written by Joab Jackson19 Nov. 13 20:16
  • China continues reign with top supercomputer

    China has maintained its lead in the twice-yearly ranking of the world's most powerful supercomputers, with the Chinese National University of Defense Technology's Tianhe-2 system bringing 33.86 petaflop/s (quadrillions of calculations per second) to the contest, almost twice the calculations offered by the runner up, the Titan Cray system run by the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    Written by Joab Jackson18 Nov. 13 19:15
  • The America's Cup: nerves, skill and a lot of computers

    This year's America's Cup will be remembered for Oracle Team USA's jaw-dropping comeback against Emirates New Zealand, but it should also be remembered for the huge role computers have come to play in the competition.

    Written by James Niccolai26 Sept. 13 18:59
  • Low-end systems saved HPC market in Q2

    Increasing sales of cheaper systems helped fuel growth in the high-performance computing (HPC) sector during the second quarter, while interest in high-end supercomputers cooled.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs11 Sept. 13 11:56
  • Amazon Web Services adds supercomputing service to its cloud

    Amazon Web Services (AWS) wants to attract more high-performance computing users to its cloud and has launched a public beta of Cluster Compute Eight Extra Large, its most powerful cloud service yet.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs16 Nov. 11 02:42