Tianhe-2 notches up 30.65 petaflops during benchmark test
China scaled the supercomputing summit in late 2010, when a 2.507-petaflop machine named Tianhe-1A (or Milkyway-1) was ranked as the fastest supercomputer by TOP500, which publishes a list of the fastest 500 supercomputers twice a year. Its stay there, though, was brief, lasting all of six months. But if you think it was just a flash in the pan, the Chinese National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), the organization which developed the Tianhe-1A, is building the Tianhe-2 in order to prove you wrong.
The excitement of E3 2013 is heating up and this year is poised to have shocking reveals, next-generation surprises, and amazing PC games. Maximum PC will be at the Los Angeles expo covering the event next week, but we couldn't wait to talk about some of the top-notch games that will surely be there. While we can't preview every PC game at the show, because we're still not 100% sure what's going to be there, we thought we'd select 13 of our most anticipated PC games from the 2013 event.
Is there a PC game that you thought we should have included in our gallery below? Let us know in the comments!
In Episode #204 of the Maximum No BS Podcast, Maximum PC Deputy Editor Gordon Mah Ung strikes back after being on hiatus from episode #203. Joining Gordon on this Podcast are podcast host Senior Editor Josh Norem, Associate Editor Tom McNamara, and intern Chris Zele.
New Vengeance Pro Series RAM to take advantage of Haswell
Corsair announced its new Vengeance Pro Series RAM at Computex 2013. According to the company, the new memory is ready for Intel’s new Haswell processors and ranges in clocks speeds from 1600MHz up to 2933MHz.
Over the past several weeks, AMD has been making a conscious effort to help its hardware partners work through any supply issues they may have been dealing with in regards to the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition graphics card. A company spokesman reached out to Maximum PC today to let us know those efforts have begun to "bear fruit," and indeed a quick peek at Newegg reveals one of the lowest prices we've seen for a 7970 GHz card.
Five questions with the winner of our $1K PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990 giveaway
A few months ago we gave away a PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990, a $1,000+ dual-GPU video card that features two 7970's in CrossFire. The lucky winner of the dual card was Preston Murrell from Marion, Indiana. We wanted to check in with Preston and see what he has done with the Devil 13, so we asked him five questions including what his rig was at the time of winning the video card and if he had ever heard of the Devil 13 video card before entering the constest.
World's fastest thumb drive uses Thunderbolt, not USB 3.0.
At the Computex trade show in Taipei, Intel was showing off a prototype thumb drive that it claims is the fastest in the world. Intel can make that claim because unlike most other thumb-size flash drives, it plugs into a PC's Thunderbolt port rather than a SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port. In true thumb drive fashion, it plugs in without the aid of a cable, giving users fast access to 128GB of flash storage.
Up to this point, the browser wars have been defined by market share, standards support, privacy protocols, speed, add-ons, and various other features that make surfing the web a more pleasurable experience. Microsoft would be tickled pink if you'd also consider energy efficiency when deciding which browser to use, because if that's your primary criteria, look no further than Internet Explorer 10.
Privacy advocates are up in arms over reports that the U.S. government is harvesting cell phone and email data from major Internet companies, including Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Through a supposed top secret program codenamed PRISM, the National Security Agency (NSA) and FBI have what appears to be unfettered access to emails, chat logs, voice calls, videos, photographs, documents, and more.
The Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is right around the corner and gaming peripheral maker SteelSeries is super excited about the new products that it has lined up for this year’s event. The company will be showcasing a trio of headsets at E3 2013, which gets underway on June 11, SteelSeries announced in a press release Thursday.