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2009-01-15 13:14:00

ANGLETON, Texas, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading contract manufacturing provider, announced today that, through a joint effort with Cray Inc. (Nasdaq: CRAY), it helped support Cray in its efforts to deliver a supercomputer system for Oak Ridge National Laboratory which set a new world record for computer speed. The Cray system sustained performance of over a petaflop (a quadrillion mathematical calculations per second) on two scientific...

2009-01-15 09:58:44

The worldwide attempt to increase the speed of supercomputers merely by increasing the number of processor cores on individual chips unexpectedly worsens performance for many complex applications, Sandia simulations have found.A Sandia team simulated key algorithms for deriving knowledge from large data sets. The simulations show a significant increase in speed going from two to four multicores, but an insignificant increase from four to eight multicores. Exceeding eight multicores causes a...

2009-01-08 06:00:00

Creative Forms ZiiLABS and Ushers in the Era of StemCell Computing Where Nano- Sized Super Computing Will Be Available in Our Daily Lives through Flexible, Tiny, Powerful and Scalable SoC LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Creative Technology Ltd. today announced the formation of ZiiLABS(TM) (a wholly owned subsidiary of Creative), with the combination of 3DLABS - which has a 25-year history as a leading innovator in programmable graphics, media and...

2008-12-08 08:30:00

ANGLETON, Texas, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Benchmark Electronics, Inc. (NYSE: BHE), a leading contract manufacturing provider, announced today that, through a strategic alliance with Silicon Graphics, Inc. (SGI) (Nasdaq: SGIC), it helped create the computer system for which NASA achieved the ranking of third fastest supercomputer in the world. NASA's new Pleiades system is a 51,200-core SGI(R) Altix(R) ICE 8200EX system from SGI and is capable of generating a theoretical peak...

2008-11-28 15:29:19

Officials in England's Torbay Council said police outside of area nightclubs will soon be handing out free flip-flops to women too drunk to walk in heels. Safer Communities Torbay, a partnership involving police, Torbay Council and the Local Education Authority, said the free flip-flops are part of a $60,000 program aimed at preventing alcohol-related harm, The Daily Mail reported Friday. Officials said the rubber flip-flops, which bear printed messages about safe drinking, will be given out...

2008-11-18 07:50:00

The Department of Energy boosts the world's fastest supercomputer for science, according to an annual ranking that will be released Tuesday at an international supercomputing conference in Austin. The Cray XT high-performance computing system, called Jaguar, was developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. It has a peak performance of 1.64 petaflops per second, incorporating a 1.382 petaflops XT5 and a 266 teraflops XT4 systems. "This accomplishment is the culmination of our vision to...

2008-11-13 15:00:07

Aprius Inc., a provider of advanced computer interconnects, today announced its plans to demonstrate the Aprius CA8000 Computational Acceleration System at the Supercomputing 08 show in Austin, TX. The system is capable of delivering nearly 10 teraFLOPs of acceleration performance, when powered by AMD's latest compute accelerator, the FireStream(TM) 9270, with a high degree of data center placement and management flexibility. Aprius will be demonstrating the system in booth 3018 and 1833....

2008-11-13 00:00:10

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the new AMD FireStream(TM) 9270 compute accelerator and the latest version of its free and open ATI Stream Software Development Kit (SDK), version 1.3. Both are designed to help researchers, technical professionals and IT organizations use mainstream computing platforms to address challenges that once would have required multi-million-dollar investments in proprietary hardware and software. Today's announcements also advance the company's corporate brand...

2008-11-12 15:00:07

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- DataDirect Networks, Inc. the data infrastructure provider for the most extreme, highest performance computing environments in the world, today announced that the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has successfully deployed Intrepid, one of the world's fastest supercomputers for open science, debuting at number three on the Top500 most powerful supercomputers, based on June 2008 rankings. The system has a peak performance...

2008-11-11 15:00:10

SiCortex, Inc., maker of energy-efficient high-productivity computing (HPC) systems powered by a proven open-source, multi-core processing technology, today announced that the University of Maine (UMaine) has installed two of its ultra-low-power high productivity computers. Funded in part by a National Science Foundation grant awarded to a group headed by Dr. Phillip Dickens of the Computer Science Department, the SiCortex SC648 and the SC072 computers will power the University of Maine...

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