Supercomputers 55 petaflops now, 100+ petaflops in 2014 or 2015 and exaflops in 2016-2018

Tianhe-2, a supercomputer developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology, is the world’s new No. 1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 41st edition of the twice-yearly TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. The list was announced June 17 during the opening session of …

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More investigation of the Dwave quantum annealing system in regards to speedup and quantumness of its operation

1. Alex Selby has written his own specialist solver for one class of the McGeoch and Wang benchmarks that significantly outperforms the software (and D-Wave quantum annealing machine) tested by McGeoch and Wang on those benchmarks—and who provides the Python code. Summary Preliminary conclusions * FPTYTO ~= 10^5 faster than D-Wave (439 qubit) for Quadratic …

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Steve Jurvetson indicates that Machine learning innervates everything Google does – Google glass, robotic cars, Dwave quantum computer research

Steve Jurvetson is a venture capitalist who invested in DWave Systems. Dwave makes adiabatic quantum computers. Dwave sold a 512 qubit system to Google for machine learning and artificial intelligence Google’s Harmut Neven said “We actually think quantum machine learning may provide the most creative problem-solving process under the known laws of physics.” This is …

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Dwave 439 qubit system was 3600 times faster than a 2.4 Ghz quadcaore computer on some problems

A computer science professor at Amherst College who recently devised and conducted experiments to test the speed of a quantum computing system against conventional computing methods will soon be presenting a paper with her verdict: quantum computing is, “in some cases, really, really fast.” Dwave’s quantum computer system is capable of solving problems thousands of …

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Color Printing at 100,000 dots per inch at the diffraction limit of visible light

Commercial laser printers typically produce pin-sharp images with spots of ink about 20 micrometers apart, resulting in a resolution of 1,200 dots per inch (dpi). By shrinking the separation to just 250 nanometers — roughly 100 times smaller — a research team at A*STAR can now print images at an incredible 100,000 dpi, the highest …

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Navy program for 50 Kilowatt truck mounted lasers for shooting down drones

The US Navy has a truck mounted laser weapons program. The Laser Weapon System has the following requirements – * lasing profile including full-power lasing for up to 120 seconds followed by a 20 minute recharge to 80% of total capacity (power and thermal) – this lasing period is cumulative between recharges, and may be …

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Humanoid Robot movement is now very close to human movement

The PETMAN robot was developed by Boston Dynamics with funding from the DoD CBD program. It is used to test the performance of protective clothing designed for hazardous environments. The video shows initial testing in a chemical protection suit and gas mask. PETMAN has sensors embedded in its skin that detect any chemicals leaking through …

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RF chip at 10 Gbps will enable wireless high definition video connections between devices

South Korea’s government-backed R&D agency has developed an RF chip that can transmit at 10Gbps, claiming to be the world’s fastest commercially viable wireless technology. The frequency will support WiGig, the next extension of the Wi-Fi platform (802.11ad), and other protocols targeted at high speed, short range links. Applications are likely to include in-home video …

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UAE developers may adopt Broad Group of China’s factory mass produced skyscrapers

Major UAE developers visit Broad Sustainable Building – a Chinese construction firm that specialises factory mass produced skyscrapers that can be assembled in weeks to months. Rhe UAE is ranked third on the list of countries having the most buildings taller than 200 metres. In Dubai alone, there are 65 buildings over 200 metres with …

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