06/15/13: Here are today's technology updates related to national security:
- Researchers at China's National University of Defense Technology already have gotten Tianhe-2 up an running. Tianhe-2, with more than 3 million processor cores, is the world’s most powerful supercomputer. It can perform more than 30 quadrillion calculations per second, easily dwarfing the runner-up, an Oak Ridge National Laboratories machine known as Titan (at 17.59 quadrillion). The United States, long the dominant power in supercomputing, won’t have a comparable system until around 2016, when the US Department of Energy is expected to build a Tihane-2-range supercomputer called Trinity.
- Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant, jellyfish-shaped balloons with the lofty goal of getting the entire planet online. While the project is still in the very early testing stages, Google hopes eventually to launch thousands of the thin, polyethylene-film inflatables and bring the Internet to some of the more remote parts of the globe.
- A team of researchers in China, Singapore, and Canada have proved a 2009 quantum algorithm works by solving linear equations on a simple quantum computer. This step opens the door for much more complex equations to be solved by quantum computers in the future.