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Another giant leap for diversity in computer science

A year ago, the College Board saw the numbers of female students and underrepresented minority students taking the Advanced Placement exam for computer science more than double — but what about this year? As Code.org CEO Hadi Partovi puts it, “the momentum … Continue reading

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Quantum computer simulates superconductors

One of the prime applications for quantum computers is to simulate natural quantum phenomena, and in a newly published study, researchers from Canada’s D-Wave Systems have demonstrated how to do it. The phenomenon that they simulated involves a topological phase transition associated … Continue reading

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U.S. reclaims top spot in supercomputer race

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory staked its claim to retake the lead from China in the world’s supercomputer race with a machine capable of performing 200 quadrillion calculations a second. That 200-petaflop speed is roughly eight … Continue reading

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How to pack a supercomputer in a nanosatellite

Putting a supercomputer in a package that’s roughly the size of a loaf of bread is one thing. Making sure the supercomputer is radiation-hardened to survive the harsh conditions of space is quite another. A team headquartered at the University … Continue reading

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Tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft in patent spat

A Native American tribe and a small computer company have reportedly sued Amazon and Microsoft, claiming that they’re infringing on patents relating to supercomputer technology. The lawsuits are the latest twists in a relatively new strategy under which companies assign patents to … Continue reading

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Supercomputer takes a giant leap in space

The most powerful computer ever sent into space proved its mettle this month by registering a processing speed in excess of a trillion floating-point calculations per second, a measure that’s known as a teraflop. “HPE’s Spaceborne Computer is the first … Continue reading

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SpaceX sends supercomputer to space station

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket has sent a robotic Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies and scientific experiments, including a supercomputer that could help blaze the trail to Mars. The Spaceborne Computer project, pioneered … Continue reading

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