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Volvo And Nvidia Launch Supercomputer Pilot Program In Sweden

A new super computing platform speeds processing times 10 times over, potentially paving the way for self-driving cars to arrive sooner than anticipated.

The Department of Energy is awarding 1.7 billion processor hours to 57 research projects covering everything from biofuels to climate change. This is the largest award of supercomputing time that has been granted under the INCITE (Innovative and Novel Computational Impact on Theory and Experiment) program and the lucky researchers will be able to use two of the fastest supercomputers in existence, the IBM Blue Gene/P ("Intrepid") at DOE's Argonne National Laboratory and the Cray XT5 ("Jaguar") a

The United States Department of Energy has granted IBM 24 million hours of computing time on the supercomputers at the Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The reason? Research on lithium air batteries. Lithium air batteries hold a lot of potential for dramatically increasing energy density for electric vehicles, potentially up to 5,000 watt-hours per kilogram.

Video games have been a popular topic this week on AutoblogGreen. Just a few days ago, we shared news about racing a Tesla Roadster against a Ferrari in the upcoming game Project Gotham Racing 4. While that sounds way cooler than digging around looking for oil, the same computers could be used for developing both, according to this story from the University of Houston (UH). The computer in question is a supercomputer from IBM which uses processor technology called the Cell Broadband Engine&trade