Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New Supercomputer Giveaway for Top Science Ideas

Date: 30 April 2012 Time: 07:09 PM ET

Jaguar Supercomputer
NVIDIA's new contest allows scientists to compete for a new supercomputing core suitable for a petascale supercomputer. This image shows a petascale Jaguar supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory..
CREDIT: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Huge supercomputers can do everything from simulating the universe's Big Bang to modeling how the human brain works — if universities or labs can afford the expensive room-size computing clusters costing tens of millions of dollars. A new contest offers researchers the chance to win a supercomputer core by explaining what they would do with the computing power equivalent to 20,000 laptops.
The new supercomputer core is a Tesla Kepler graphics processing unit (GPU) — NVIDIA technology originally designed for running graphics-rich video games. NVIDIA hopes the $3,000 units can deliver petaflop supercomputing (1 thousand trillion calculations per second) at a relatively cheap price to boost science and innovation around the world.

MORE: http://www.livescience.com/20006-supercomputer-giveaway-top-science.html


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