Concurrent Computing

Blue matter

The human brain's complexity makes for equally extravagant potential and risk. It enables us to construct theorems and symphonies. But people can also lose the plot. That is why US information technology firm IBM launched the Blue Brain Project.

Sunday, 17 August, 2008, 12:00am

Fast-growing sectors gear up with supercomputers

Systems in mainland businesses among world's top 500

Despite a limited number of supercomputers made by local firms, adoption of these high-performance systems is moving beyond the academe and into fast-growing commercial industries, experts say.

3 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Supercomputer to give the edge on Games weather

The government has spent $1.5 million on a 'supercomputer' that will be used to help the mainland predict the weather during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Scientific officer Wong Wai-kin said the Observatory installed the Superblade HPC - which is not yet fully operational - a few weeks ago.

26 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

City's supercomputer ranking slips

Hong Kong has slipped down the ranks of markets running the industry's fastest supercomputers, according to the latest survey of the top 500 systems worldwide.

An IBM supercomputer installed last November at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) was the only high-performance system from the city to make the list, released earlier this month by a group of researchers.

29 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

Alien eavesdroppers use a 'cheapskate's supercomputer'

Hong Kongers have a reputation for working hard, eclipsing even New Yorkers in their hunger to exploit every last micro-opportunity. No doubt, if it were possible, Hong Kongers would sleep in a business-like manner, selling off their dreams and harnessing the power of their rapid eye movements to generate electricity.

8 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Cost drive takes on a new life form

A money-saving computing method used in the search for alien civilisations outside our galaxy has been adopted at cost-conscious Hong Kong universities.

Baptist University has become the latest higher learning institution to adopt the 'cluster' method in a $2.5 million project.

1 Jul 2002 - 12:00am


SUPERCOMPUTERS play a vital role in the defence industry as they can be used to test nuclear weapons, design missiles and develop technology that can crack complex computer codes used to protect sensitive information. A supercomputer's power is measured by the number of theoretical operations it can perform per second.

18 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Expert's testimony supports controls

Stricter controls on supercomputer exports from the United States to China are needed to curb the development of Beijing's military technology, according to testimony given last summer to the US Government by a leading trade expert.

17 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Tighter rules for mainland-bound supercomputers

Concerns about high-performance computers being used for military purposes in China and Russia have spurred the United States to tighten export rules for workstations and servers.

17 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

University sets pace

The Chinese University of Hong Kong has installed Silicon Graphics' Origin2000, the fastest supercomputer in Hong Kong.

It will be used for computer-intensive research in mathematics, chemistry, physics and electronic engineering.

The computer has 24 central processing units, 64-bit memory addressing and ranks 426 among the top 500 supercomputers worldwide.

16 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

China to return US computer

Beijing has agreed to return to the United States a supercomputer that was found to have been used for military purposes.

TechWire on-line news service said the Sun Microsystems computer was sold to the Changsha Institute of Science and Technology, but was transferred illegally to a second institution involved in military research and development.

16 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Research threat as US cracks down on technology exports

Researchers may be barred from getting supercomputers and other technology as part of a tightening of United States export controls.

Complaints about the alleged unauthorised diversion of a US high-speed computer to a Chinese military research unit have prompted the Commerce Department to re-evaluate its export licence conditions.

4 Jul 1997 - 12:00am