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Super computers -- now that's a gift anyone could appreciate. While it seems that every month or so a new king is crowned, Virginia Tech's massively powerful HokieSpeed can't claim the top spot. But, it's still breaking the Top 100. The university has made the charts before, with their System X from 2003 placing them among the world's top computational research facilities. Now comes HokieSpeed, a new supercomputer that is up to 22 times faster and yet a quarter of the size of X, boasting a single-precision peak of 455 teraflops, or 455 trillion operations per second, and a double-precision peak of 240 teraflops, or 240 trillion operations per second. That's enough computational capability to... Read more...
Supercomputers are everywhere, but they hardly get the attention that they deserve. Hundreds of these huge machines churn out all sorts of data and analysis that many humans use in their everyday life, but most take it for granted. By and large, supercomputers have been "stale" and "boring" to average consumers. After all, you can't exactly buy and use your own supercomputer (at least not without tons of cash and a really good application), but Virginia Tech's new supercomputer is different. As the worlds of the CPU and GPU have collided over the years, the same thing now seems to be happening in the supercomputer realm. The university has acquired a $2 million grant that will allow them to build... Read more...