Louisville company partners with Apple to create ‘massively fast’ supercomputers for U.S. Navy

“A computer engineer with an idea of how to make supercomputers faster and more efficient five years ago has translated into a company that today counts the Navy as a major customer and Apple Computer Inc. as a major partner. And the bandwagon for Massively Parallel Technologies, based in 10,000 square feet at the Colorado Technology Center, has picked up speed in recent months as news of its novel approach spreads. The business formed from the ideas of Kevin Howard, who spent 24 years in the computing industry, the last stretch with a local company working on device drivers and operating systems for computers. Dissatisfied with his job, he began searching for arenas where technological progress had leveled off,” Matt Branaugh writes for The Daily Camera.

“The fruits of Howard’s labor sit at the company’s Louisville office: a 153-gigaflop system using 255 computers featuring speeds of 1350 to 1650 megahertz. Overall, the system offers a quarter-terabyte of random access memory and 10.2 terabytes of hard drive space,” Branaugh writes. “A simple problem – such as calculating pi to its 5,000th digit – takes 12 seconds with 31 of the computers used, six seconds with 63 computers and four seconds with 127 computers. For far more complex problems that require hours of computation, the ability to add computers on the fly and accomplish those speeds is ‘really meaningful,’ Howard said. ‘It’s a brand-new way of doing large-scale computing.'”

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  5. Hello- Not sure of the level of traffic this post gets so I’ll be brief. I am an early investor in MPT and would like to share my thoughts regarding the company. Grain-of-salt disclaimer: I do not have a supercomputing background. I do have a strong understanding of mathematical systems and a conceptual mind. I have invested in the company and therefore one could (sucessfully) argue I am biased to viewing progress with potentially unwarranted enthusiasm. That said, I would like this to be a “You read it here, first” post. In a few years when MPT is one the top Fortune 500 companies you can say “wow, that guy was right!” MPT is the real deal. The technology has been vetted by the government (a la Darpa) and private testing. Dr. Amdahl, the man for whom the most influential supercomputing law was named, throughly examined MPT’s claims and promptly joined the board. Why hasn’t MPT “popped” yet? It is so technologically revolutionary and the scope of its future influence is so large that many people are reluctant (read: afraid) to believe it can be real. The HOWARD-powered technology is capable of achieving the awesome speedups it claims. Fact. Once this point is accepted, one can only begin to image the sheer magnitude of human growth that will result from HOWARD’s computational power. And the folks at MPT are more excited about these implications than about becoming multi-billionairs. Unbelievable, I know, but real. Just like their technology.

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