U.S. supercomputer back on topThe U.S. Department of Energy’s Sequoia supercomputer was named the fastest computer in the world, putting the U.S. back on top for the first time since 2010. The IBM BlueGene/Q system has 1.57 million processor cores and can runs at 16.32 petaflops
Genesis of a serverHewlett-Packard introduced a low-power server system based on Intel’s upcoming Atom processor, code-named Centerton. The Genesis server system will have an enclosure in which cartridges of chips can be inserted to handle different workloads.
Microsoft tablet SurfacesMicrosoft previewed the Surface, a 10.6-inch tablet computer running on the Windows 8 operating system. The magnesium chassis clips to a cover that doubles as a keyboard, and a “kickstand” on the back holds it upright for desktop work.
Windows Phone 8Redmond also demoed its updated mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8. It’s based on the same core as the desktop, laptop and tablet operating systems, making it easier to port applications and games, Microsoft corporate vice-president Joe Belfiore said.
New Galaxy gobbles Ice Cream SandwichSamsung launched the Galaxy S III smart phone, one of the few devices on the market actually running Google’s Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system. It’s big at 5.38×2.78 inches, but only 0.34 inches thick and 4.7 ounces.