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Space station to test supercomputer bathed in cosmic rays

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Bottom Feeder, Aug 12, 2017.



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    HAL seemed to have little trouble in "2001: A Space Odyssey," but here's the problem with computers in space: a constant stream of cosmic rays seriously disrupt electronics.

    That's why Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NASA are testing how well supercomputing technology works on the International Space Station. A SpaceX rocket scheduled to lift off Monday will carry a machine called the Spaceborne Computer that will see whether software techniques can catch and correct errors induced by the radiation from our sun and galaxy that reaches low Earth orbit. HPE announced the work Friday.

    The research ultimately could improve computers here on Earth -- but also get humans to Mars.

    The challenge for the Spaceborne Computer is to get it all working despite cosmic rays. The Earth's magnetic field protects the planet's surface from these electrically charged particles -- protons and other particles that stream in from our sun, elsewhere in the galaxy and sometimes even other galaxies. They carry so much energy they can blast electronics out of whack, corrupting memory and messing up calculations.

    Some computers destined for space have special shielding and other protection, but not this one. Instead of hardware changes, the computer employs software layers to for detection, correction and protection, Fernandez said. "Success would be ... correct results for a year," he said.


    https://www.cnet.com/news/space-station-to-test-supercomputer-bathed-in-cosmic-rays/

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    Super Computers working in Space, and Bots on the ground developing their own language we can not understand. = SKYNET
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    Pigs created with human DNA.

    Science is getting far too close to Science Fiction.
     
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    ayup — seen things I read in sci-fi books in the 60s come into being today. (remember Dick Tracey's wrist radio?)

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