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Water-cooled Perfection

August 20, 2014 4:47 pm | Award Winners

Hewlett-Packard and National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s HP Apollo supercomputing platform approaches HPC from an entirely new perspective as the system is cooled directly with warm water. This is done through a “dry-disconnect” cooling concept that has been implemented with the simple but efficient use of heat pipes. Unlike cooling fans, which are designed for maximum load, the heat pipes can be optimized by administrators.

Chaos that Brings Order

August 20, 2014 4:29 pm | Award Winners

Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s DUCCS is ultra-efficient...

Did you know? 3M Company has won 30 R&D 100 Awards

April 11, 2014 9:46 am | News | Comments

3M Company is known for its innovative products,...

Clearing Big Data Hurdles

August 28, 2013 12:19 pm | Award Winners

For Big Data applications I/O needs to be efficient and scalable so that large data sets can be...

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Digging Through the Mess

August 28, 2013 12:06 pm | Award Winners

Every person, company and government organization is faced with continuously flowing, massive streams of data that can’t be manually analyzed. Computers help, but the sheer volume of data has foiled many approaches. Software engineers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have now developed a new way of dealing with this seemingly intractable problem.

Trimming Port Operations

August 28, 2013 11:53 am | Award Winners

Container ships are designed to always be at sea, transporting goods. But slow loading and unloading—a common occurrence at congested ports—can cost them money. To help speed this process, researchers at the Institute for Information Industry (III) have developed CraneAbide, a container transship management technology that applies existing technologies to help manage an often overlooked factor at many ports: trailer positioning.

New chip node brings turbo technology

August 7, 2012 10:10 am | Award Winners

The 2nd Generation Intel Core processors are Intel Corp.'s first architecture to merge the company's high-end graphics technology with performance-leading microprocessors on a single chip. A 32-nm manufacturing node allows higher processing speeds than ever before.


Scalable server saves resources, space

August 14, 2011 8:00 pm | Award Winners

Dell Inc.'s PowerEdge R810 is a scalable 25/45 2U-rack server that provides performance and scalability for workload consolidation or high virtualization machine density.

Virtualization from desktop to desktop

August 14, 2011 8:00 pm | Award Winners

The VirtuaCore Desktop Virtualization Computer Sharing shares the resources of a single dual- or quad-core CPU between two or four fully functioning workstations. It operates without process slowdowns.

Next-generation processors enhance graphics, speed

August 14, 2011 8:00 pm | Award Winners

The 2010 Intel Core processor family is based on Intel's 32-nm high-k silicon microarchitecture technology and is paired with a 45-nm graphics processing unit (GPU) to bring faster and more efficient computing to mainstream consumers.

Magnetic manipulation

August 11, 2010 9:48 am | Award Winners

The Maglev 200 Magnetic Levitation Haptic Interface, the first device to be based on magnetic levitation principles rather than electromechanical systems, provides more than an order of magnitude improvement in performance over electromechanical haptic devices.

CAD goes 3D

August 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Award Winners

Quantapoint, Inc. (Pittsburgh, Pa.) has developed Quantapoint QuantaCAD, a software technology that works with Quantapoint 3-D laser scanning to enable 3-D laser models to be accessed within 3-D CAD tools.


Visualizing the world’s population

August 31, 2006 8:00 pm | Award Winners

High-resolution population distribution data are critical to successfully address important issues ranging from socio-environmental research to public health to homeland security. Commonly available census population data are severely constrained both in space and time and do not capture the population dynamics as functions of space and time. To that end, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) have developed the LandScan 2004 Global Population Database. Land-Scan describes 24-hour average population distributions for every 30 arc second (approximately 1 km x 1 km) grid cell covering the world.

Revolutionary joystick

August 31, 2005 8:00 pm | Award Winners

Engineering Matters, Inc., Newton, Mass., developed The EMF Joystick, a force feedback joystick for simulation markets that uses a direct drive system with a 1 kHz bandwidth, allowing the user to experience a much broader range of feedback. In addition to the responsiveness, the fact that there is only one moving part reduces the maintenance and increases the reliability of the device.

This supercomputer keeps its cool

August 31, 2003 8:00 pm | Award Winners

Normally, if you stick a supercomputer in a dusty, 85° room, you are asking for trouble. But that is exactly where Green Destiny has been for the past year. A team led by Wu-chun Feng (pictured) at Los Alamos National Laboratory, N.M., has built Green Destiny, a 240-processor cluster that takes up just 0.5 m2 and requires no cooling.

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