August/September 2006

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A parallel universe

Cheaper clusters, multi-core chips, and ever more complex problems to solve mean that the era of desktop supercomputing is upon us. Even Microsoft is getting in on the act, as Tom Wilkie reports

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For functionality and security for externalised research, software providers have turned to the cloud, writes Sophia Ktori

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Robert Roe investigates the growth in cloud technology which is being driven by scientific, engineering and HPC workflows through application specific hardware

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Robert Roe learns that the NASA advanced supercomputing division (NAS) is optimising energy efficiency and water usage to maximise the facility’s potential to deliver computing services to its user community

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Robert Roe investigates the use of technologies in HPC that could help shape the design of future supercomputers