Cray prepares to ship the world’s first ARM powered supercomputer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The first ARM powered supercomputer has taken a long time to materialise, and the first unit to arrive could threaten Intel’s dominance in the space   In a move that will have Intel peering over its shoulder even more than it was before, US... Read more
The size of a grain of rice, researchers unveil the world’s smallest computers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Micromotes will stop the sensors at the edge of the world’s networks from flooding datacenters with exabytes of worthless information, and open the door to new computing applications   At just one cubic millimetre in size Micromotes, which are so small that they can almost... Read more
ARM unveils DynamicIQ, its chip to conquer artificial intelligence
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Artificial intelligence workloads and learning need huge amounts of computing power, and chip manufacturers are waring to lead the new revolution   There’s an artificial intelligence (AI) arms race going on. But I’m not talking about a software arms race – although that’s in... Read more
Quantum computers with DNA and atom scale storage systems will rule the future
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers look set to become the dominant computing platform of the future but today’s storage technology will need a major update too to keep up   We’ve all heard the hype around quantum computing, and we can all feel revolution in the wind, with... Read more
IBM sets a small record as researchers store one bit of data on one atom
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The amount of information society is creating every day is leaving today’s storage technologies creaking at the seams, and our only option is to go smaller   The building blocks of today’s modern computers have been getting progressively smaller ever since they were first... Read more
New storage breakthrough stores 215 petabytes on one gram of DNA
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF With so much new information being generated every day we’re already pushing the limits of today’s technologies, but now ultra-dense, ultra-efficient new forms of storage are appearing on the horizon   It’s long been known that today we’re generating more information, faster, than ever... Read more
IBM announces plans to sell a commercial ‘universal’ quantum computer by 2020
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are hailed as the next evolution of computing that promise immense performance increases over today’s systems and by 2020 they may be ready for prime time   Having laid the groundwork for offerings in other emerging technology categories such as artificial intelligence... Read more
Researchers design a DNA computer that outperforms future Quantum computers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF DNA computers, up until now, have been theoretical but now they’re feasible, and that’s a huge step towards the next step – building one   A team of researchers from the University of Manchester, the same university that’s recently been making breakthroughs in quantum computing, led... Read more
World first as two quantum computers go head to head
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Up until recently it hasn’t been possible to directly compare the performance of two or more quantum computing systems, but that barriers just been smashed   Scientists recently published the world’s first open source blueprint for a quantum computing device, and sure enough, no... Read more
MIT’s newest chip could bring speech recognition to every device
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The way we use and interact with devices is changing, increasingly we’ll be using our voices to control, interact and manage them   The butt of jokes as little as 10 years ago, automatic speech recognition is now on the verge of becoming people’s... Read more
Scientists publish a breakthrough architecture for the world’s first Quantum Computer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Building the world’s first commercial quantum computer will require international collaboration, and a plan, and it looks like we now have that plan   An international team, led by a scientist from the University of Sussex, and made up of scientists from Google, Aarhus... Read more
Google’s Eric Schmidt says the “Internet will disappear”
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As the number of connected devices proliferates the internet we knew and loved is going away, and being replaced by something else, but what should we call it?   It’s obvious when you think about it – the end of the Internet is drawing... Read more
Entrepreneurs think blockchain is the future of cloud computing and HPC
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Everything changes, whether we call it disruption or something else, but as the world becomes increasingly distributed, as the plumbing of the internet continues to change, we can now see a way to disintermediate the giant cloud providers, build global supercomputers and move to... Read more
Intels Nervana chip shows the giant is serious about owning the AI market
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of the AI breakthroughs over recent years have only been possible because of the exponential increase in the amount of computing power available to support them, now Intel and other chip companies are in an arms race to own the future of AI... Read more
The codeless computers of the future and the fall of the programming elite
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Programming is one of todays most in demand skills but as we continue to train, not code our latest computer systems, the trend won’t last   Before the invention of the computer, most experimental psychologists thought the brain was an unknowable black box that... Read more
Scientists fry ions with microwaves to build highly scalable quantum computers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The more Qubits a quantum computer can run the more powerful it becomes, this breakthrough could give researchers a new way to create ultra powerful, highly scalable systems in an affordable, simple way   Physicists from the University of Sussex, a member of the... Read more
Nvidia unveils the worlds most energy efficient supercomputer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many of todays technology advances, such as AI and materials science, have been made possible by the dramatic increase in computing power that’s occurred over the last decade. Governments, such as China, Japan, the UK and the US are locked in a supercomputer arms... Read more
Computing at light speed, Princeton creates the worlds first photonic neural net
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Neuromorphic chips that mimic how the human brain operates and carries out tasks still rely on silicon, moving to optical, or light, based computing will make them much faster, letting them process information multiple times faster than todays most advanced chips   Neural networks... Read more
Microsoft enters the race to build a viable quantum computer
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Quantum computers are millions of times more powerful than todays traditional computers, if they can be developed and bought into the mainstream humanity will see major innovation breakthroughs across the board, from drug discovery to space travel   Microsoft, who earlier last year release... Read more
Super molecules help researchers create stable Qubits for Quantum computers
WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Stable Qubits will help people store and manipulate information that can then be processed millions of times faster by Quantum Computers   Researchers from the University of Manchester have taken a significant step closer to demonstrate that it is possible to create miniscule –... Read more
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