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Turbo-Charging Digital Render Farms

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The visual effects in summer blockbuster sequels Kung Fu Panda 2 and Cars 2 were generated with powerful workstations and render farms. Here’s a closer look at some of the technology driving those projects. Read More

Los Alamos Takes Supercomputers Offline

The two supercomputers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have been taken offline as a precaution as emergency teams seek to protect the lab from a wildfire that has consumed more than 60,000 acres of land on two sides of the property. Read More

The (New) Top 10 Supercomputers, Illustrated

Many of the world’s most powerful supercomputers are striking not just for their processing abilities, but for their design and appearance as well. Here’s a look at the top finishers in the latest Top 500 list, which was released Monday at the ISC 11 conference in Germany. Read More

New Top 500 Champ: The K Supercomputer

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The “K” supercomputer, a joint project by Fujitsu and the RIKEN center, has overtaken China’s Tianhe-1A system to gain the top spot on the updated list of the most powerful supercomputers. Here’s a closer look at the 9.9 megawatt system. Read More

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