The Railway Technical Research Institute (RTRI) in Japan has added more muscle to its supercomputer infrastructure for complex railway simulations. The organization, which focuses on research and development of railway-related science and technology, has deployed a Cray XC30-AC supercomputer, Cray CS300 cluster supercomputer, and a Cray Sonexion storage system into production.
Technology has certainly gotten faster and smarter, but the human brain remains the clear champ when it comes to raw performance. We’ve written before about attempts to simulate brain function electronically; now researchers at Boise State University have launched a project to build a new computing architecture that mimics the brain called “CIF: Small: Realizing Chip-scale Bio-inspired Spiking Neural Networks with Monolithically Integrated Nano-scale Memristors.” Continue reading
Our daily lives are so busy that’s it’s easy to forget something. The most primitive solution to this dilemma is to tie a piece of string around a finger and knot it. In theory, every time you see the knot, you’ll remember what it is you’ve forgotten.
Researchers at the University of Hamburg have a plan to improve your computer’s hard drive memory by tying it into similar knots. In place of iron-based magnetics, which can fail at high temperatures, or if you attempt to store too much information, the scientists are working with knots of magnetic atoms called skyrmions. Continue reading
In the movies, any time an alien race has technology based on organic processes, it’s inevitably sticky or gooey. As a kid, that kind of thing was gross. As an adult, it makes no sense. What kind of engineer, regardless of origin, is going to design a system that continually loses parts and gums itself up with every use, no matter how simple?
Fortunately for us, real organic electronics are neither sticky nor gooey, and now they may have gotten a boost in performance thanks to a new printing process. The U.S. Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have teamed up to improve the process responsible for building low-cost solar cells, flexible displays and a number of other electronics products. Continue reading
Neuroscientists at the University of Waterloo’s Computation Neuroscience Research Group (CNRG) have built the world’s largest functional model of the human brain. The Spaun (Semantic Pointer Architecture Unified Network) simulated brain has been touted as the most complex computer-generated version of grey matter ever. It can learn, remember, and recognize items, and even write down numeric sequences using its robotic arm. Continue reading