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How Supercomputers Are Being Used To Win The Fight Against Coronavirus

by Jason Murdock, Newsweek

Scientific efforts to analyze, map and track the global COVID-19 outbreak are being aided by powerful supercomputers that scientists say may soon help to combat the infectious disease.

Computers capable of ingesting and processing vast amounts of raw data are coming together with the aim of better understanding the novel coronavirus that has now spread to at least 582,000 people in the U.S. and close to two million people globally, according to Johns Hopkins University statistics.

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Quantum computer bests all conventional computers in first claim of ‘supremacy’

by Adrian Cho, Science

The age of quantum computing may have begun not with a flashy press conference, but with an internet leak. According to a paper posted briefly—and presumably mistakenly—to a lab site, physicists at Google have used a quantum computer to perform a calculation that would overwhelm the world’s best conventional supercomputer. Although the specific computation has no known use, the result means scientists have passed a milestone known as “quantum supremacy.”

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IBM’s Watson gives proper diagnosis for Japanese leukemia patient after doctors were stumped for months

by Alfred Ng, NY Daily News

It turns out the world’s smartest supercomputer is a pretty good doctor, too.

Five years after dominating geniuses in its debut on Jeopardy!, IBM’s Watson is still putting human intelligence to shame.

The artificial intelligence machine correctly diagnosed a 60-year-old woman’s rare form of leukemia within 10 minutes — a medical mystery that doctors had missed for months at the University of Tokyo. Continue reading IBM’s Watson gives proper diagnosis for Japanese leukemia patient after doctors were stumped for months

HP’s new supercomputer is 8000x faster than your PC

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This week, HP unveiled a working prototype of an ambitious new computer system, dubbed ‘the Machine’, which the company claims is the world’s first demonstration of what it calls memory-driven computing.

The idea is that the Machine – which was first announced back in 2014 – will massively outperform existing technology, by placing extra reliance on memory to perform calculations, with less dependence on computer processors. Continue reading HP’s new supercomputer is 8000x faster than your PC

Japan wants the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2018

by Daniel Cooper, Engadget

And will spend $173 million in order to get it

Our world is in transition, with automation and digitization edging-out more humane forms of industrial labor. Some countries are actively pushing against that, but others, like Japan, are running head-first towards the future. The nation is believed to be pushing to build the world’s fastest supercomputer in an attempt to revitalize its recent malaise. Reuters is reporting that officials will spend $173 million on a machine capable of achieving 130 petaflops and besting current world number one, China’s Sunway TaihuLight. Continue reading Japan wants the world’s fastest supercomputer by 2018