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  • Traditionally, the supercomputer has been associated with the cold, dark corners of the server room; that was back in the era before the cloud became ubiquitous and the businessperson's primary tool was a mobile device. Unless you've been an upper-echelon scientist, mathematician or hard-core computer geek, few people have real working knowledge of supercomputing. Supercomputing is often relegated to the realms of research-intensive, scientific tasks, such as analyzing large amounts of data to solve medical, environmental, infrastructure or a wide variety of other scientific challenges. Indeed, supercomputers are used by scientists studying weather, climate, oceanography, space, computational science, energy production, carbon sequestration, and drug research and development. But what is less often identified with supercomputers nowadays are the ways they affect our real-life, day-to-day experiences—driving on the highway, reading the news or even eating. This eWEEK slide show, developed with input from Bill Mannel, general manager of Compute Servers at SGI, conjures up five real-life applications of supercomputers that you may not have known about until now.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The hack of 4.5 million health care records might be the latest casualty from the Heartbleed SSL encryption flaw.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The revenue increase is largely due to improving sales of new-generation laptop PCs, on which HP has focused a lot of investment.

  • During a LinuxCon panel discussion, Linus Torvalds provides insight into what works and what doesn't with Linux in 2014.

  • Fujitsu officials also talk about the company's upcoming SPARC64 XIfx processors that are targeted at HPC systems.

  • IBM teamed up with Florida Polytechnic University and business partner Flagship Solutions to open a supercomputing center at the university.

  • Linux virtualization startup CoreOS now offers an alternative to the private repositories offered by Docker Inc.

  • The PowerEdge deal comes less than a month after the tech vendor announces it was accepting the crypto-currency in purchases made on its Website.

  • Although Red Hat already released RHEL 7, RHEL 6.x users can still benefit from new platform features.

  • Globalization, travel and the distribution of goods and services to every corner of the planet require smarter, faster and more efficient transportation. From business trips and family vacations to the shipment of a product from one place to the other, innovative IT offerings based on mobile, analytics and cloud technologies are employed to get people and things from Point A to Point B quickly, safely, efficiently and economically. IBM has made long-term investments in serving the IT needs of the travel and transportation industry. For instance, MERMEC Group, an Italian technology company that focuses on rail inspection, diagnostics and signaling, uses IBM's technology. MERMEC also develops asset management software for the rail industry. And given the safety implications of its services, MERMEC Group must ensure high availability for its asset management services. With input from IBM, this eWEEK slide show illustrates how smarter infrastructure technology is helping transform the travel and transportation industry.

  • The FirePro S9150 will compete with Nvidia's Tesla K40 at a time when accelerators and co-processors are becoming more prevalent in supercomputers.

  • New-gen software focuses specifically on data movement and application-centric speed performance.

  • The market is dealing with product delays and more energy-efficient x86 chips from Intel and AMD, Dell server General Manager Forrest Norrod says.

  • The company launches a partner program with ARM, AMD and others to develop a common platform for servers powered by ARM-based chips.

  • A New York judge orders Microsoft to hand over to the DOJ emails stored at its overseas data center. Microsoft vows to appeal.

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