iCandy: March 2010

IEEE Spectrum's monthly slideshow proves that a picture is worth a thousand bytes

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Photo: D.E. Shaw Research
Anton, a supercomputer created by D.E. Shaw Research, in New York City, does simulations of the functions of proteins and other biological material. To get a sense of the complexity of Anton’s tasks, note that its 512 application-specific ICs (each containing 64 processors running at either 400 or 800 megahertz) can still simulate only 10 microseconds of molecular behavior each day.
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