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We’ve Reached the Summit

Introducing the world’s smartest, most powerful supercomputer In 2014, the US Department of Energy (DoE) kicked off a multi-year collaboration between Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) called CORAL, the next major phase in the DoE’s scientific computing roadmap and path to exascale computing. They selected […]

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IBM Sets Tera-scale Machine Learning Benchmark Record with POWER9 and NVIDIA GPUs; Available Soon in PowerAI

Today, at IBM THINK in Las Vegas, we are reporting a breakthrough in AI performance using new software and algorithms on optimized hardware, including POWER9 with NVIDIA® V100™ GPUs. In a newly published benchmark, using an online advertising dataset released by Criteo Labs with over 4 billion training examples, we train a logistic regression classifier […]

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Extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography is finally here. How far will it go?

In late 2017, IBM successfully launched the next era of high-performance cognitive and AI hardware with the deployment of its POWER9 technology in the Summit and Sierra supercomputers, the most powerful supercomputers in the world to date.  Not to be outdone, IBM also launched the next era of constant-encryption mainframes, with the popular release of […]

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The future of hardware is AI

To make great strides in AI, hardware must change. Starting with GPUs, and then evolving to analog devices, and then fault tolerant quantum computers.

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One big wire change in ‘97 still helping chips achieve tiny scale

The IT state-of-the-art 20 years ago was rapidly ending, and we – and I mean everyone in the industry that made a device with a chip inside of it – needed something new to keep up with the demand for ever-faster, better electronics. These were the days of laptops with 233 MHz speeds, and Deep […]

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The era of AI — and the technologies that will deliver it

I recently participated in a panel at Applied Materials’ 2017 Analyst Day to talk about artificial intelligence (AI). Yes, a materials company asked me, an executive overseeing semiconductor research, to join other technologists to give our view of AI – demonstrating how interest in AI has permeated all aspects of the IT industry! To lead […]

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Beat the heat in 3D chip stacks with ICECool

Editor’s note: This article is by Timothy Chainer, Pritish R. Parida, and Mark Schultz, IBM Research. In the Moore’s Law race to keep improving computer performance, the IT industry has turned upward, stacking chips like nano-sized 3D skyscrapers. But those stacks, like the law it’s challenging, have their limits, due to overheating. So, our team […]

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Future semiconductor research leadership empowered by design automation

This article authored by Myung-hee Na, Senior Technical Staff Member, Semiconductor Technology Research, IBM Research; Karim El Sayed, Director of R&D, Synopsys; Victor Moroz, Synopsys Fellow, Synopsys The number of variables in semiconductor development seem to be inversely proportional to a chip’s dimensions – the smaller our chips get, the more complicated they are to build. […]

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Recent papers detail carbon nanotube scalabilty, integration breakthroughs

Carbon nanotubes (CNT) appeal to the semiconductor industry because they’re superior electrical conductors compared to silicon with a mere 1 nanometer body thickness. So why don’t we have CNT chips in everything from mainframes to mobile devices, yet? Scalability of the transistor and large-scale integration are still big challenges. But two papers my colleagues and […]

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A new supercomputing-powered weather model may ready us for Exascale

In the U.S. alone, extreme weather caused some 297 deaths and $53.5 billion in economic damage in 2016. Globally, natural disasters caused $175 billion in damage. It’s essential for governments, business and people to receive advance warning of wild weather in order to minimize its impact, yet today the information we get is limited. Current […]

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You asked scientist Jessie Rosenberg anything about silicon photonics

Here’s what she said about flying qubits, wafer-scale photonic test systems, and more Silicon photonics uses light, versus electricity, to send signals from a microchip. IBM engineers use these pulses of light to increase the connectivity and bandwidth between datacenters for faster data transfer over longer distances. But silicon photonics isn’t just for datacenters. IBM […]

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IBM at SPIE: Seven Advancements for Beyond 7nm Chips

When we announced the industry’s first functional 7 nanometer node (7nm) test chips in 2015, with our GLOBALFOUNDRIES and Samsung partners, we knew the process for the chips to reach “manufacturing maturity” – perhaps as early as next year, would be rapid. As that effort accelerates in the semiconductor industry, IBM continues to push the […]

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