A compendium of the fastest things the world has to offer, and a celebration of the technological breakthroughs that feed the rush
To compete with China, and use in almost any field of research you can think of
The new souped-up supercomputer will be renamed Titan
IBM's latest supercomputer crunches numbers at enormous speeds--and will soon be put to use for nuclear warfare
American supercomputers now make up half of the top 10 fastest machines on the planet.
2011 is shaping up to be a great year for science. Here's what to look forward to
The best use of tremendous calculating power? Figuring out how easy it will be to breathe today.
A word with the nation's biggest petascale supercomputer
Fighting hail with chemicals, combatting tornadoes with computers, and other weather-battling techniques from the PopSci archive
Babies' genomes hold clues that can save their lives, but that same information could be used in far less noble ways. Where should we draw the line?
A smaller, cheaper, faster brain model
Lawrence Berkeley Labs' biggest energy research resource knows that big science often happens at very small scales--and very high temperatures
A working, large-scale quantum computer is still a decade away, but researchers are currently turning a critical corner from theory to building the first small quantum systems
Sandia and Oak Ridge national labs aim to bust the million trillion calculations-per-second barrier
Just as soon as we figure it out