Inside the D-Wave Two quantum computer housed at the NASA Advanced Supercomputing (NAS) facility. A dilution refrigerator cools the Vesuvius processor to 20 millikelvin (near absolute zero) — more than 100 times colder than interstellar space.
In a threat to U. technology dominance, the world’s fastest supercomputer is powered by Chinese-designed semiconductors for the first time. It’s a breakthrough for China’s attempts to reduce dependence on imported technology.
The parallella project is a inspired design which allows the combining of 10 computers processors) into a relatively small package yielding about 208 GFlops peak (just from the parallella boards) at about Watts. By Brian Guarraci
Vintage iPSC/2 Intel Personal SuperComputer parallel computer hypercube