IBM's Watson Now A Customer Service Agent, Coming To Smartphones Soon

IBM’s question-answering (Linux-based) Watson supercomputer is building quite the résumé. First it won a much-publicized showdown against the two greatest Jeopardy! champions of all time, then it went to medical school and emerged as a budding oncologist. Now Watson has a new job–as a customer-service agent with the mostest.

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Improving U.S. Weather Prediction With Petascale Supercomputing

Over at the Washington Post, Jason Samenow writes that an infusion of funding into the National Weather Service from Hurricane Sandy relief legislation promises to facilitate massive upgrades to key supercomputers, dramatically improving local, national, and global weather forecasts. This is a breakthrough moment for the National Weather Service and the entire U.S. weather enterprise...

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30 Years of Parallel Computing at Argonne

Argonne National Lab just wrapped up a two-day event celebrating 30 years of parallel computing. The event hosted many of the visionaries at the lab and at other institutions who initiated and contributed to Argonne’s history of advancing parallel computing and computational science. Argonne National Laboratory seeks solutions to pressing national problems in science...

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Google and NASA Collaborate on AI Research With New Quantum Supercomputer

Google and NASA have teamed up to launch a new laboratory focused on advancing machine learning. The Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab — hosted at NASA's Ames Research Center in California — will contain a quantum supercomputer that will be used by researchers from the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) and...

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HPC to Enable a Smarter, Brighter Energy Future

Over at HPC for Energy, Carl Bauer writes that High Performance Computing is the key to meeting the daunting energy challenges that face the nation. U.S. high-performance computing capabilities resident at our national laboratories can turn these challenges into an opportunity for competitive advantage. What was once only available for unique, extremely important and expensive government research projects or the largest corporations is now available...

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