IARPA in the News

Daily Digest News

Researchers with Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) are seeking to break the exaflop barrier in their effort to create a supercomputer with the power and cooling capacities beyond anything in existence today.

The fastest supercomputer on the planet right now is Tianhe-2, which was developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology. Tianhe-2 is capable of performing at 33.86 petaflops, which is in the range of quadrillions of calculations, in every second. One exaflop is 1,000 petaflops and is equivalent to a quintillion calculations per second. According to a recent article published in ComputerWorld, exaflop speed is the next big goal in supercomputing.

Silicon Republic

Computer chips with elusive superconducting circuits would be 50 to 100 times as energy efficient as today’s products, and researchers are on the hunt.

With success of this program they want to build an exascale supercomputer which, is capable of at least 1,000 petaflops (1 exaflop), or about 40 times faster than the world’s existing superconducting computer.

Morning Vertical

Intelligence Advance Research Project activity (IARPA), has announced a platform to build a superconducting computer. IARPA is the secretive R&D wing of the US government’s intelligence exertions. This supercomputing project will be a joint effort by IARPA, IBM, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman. But exact financial details of this project was not made public.

With success of this program they want to build an exascale supercomputer which, is capable of at least 1,000 petaflops (1 exaflop), or about 40 times faster than the world’s existing supercomputers. Which beg the question is where this invention will be used by agencies like NASA and CIA to crack encrypted messages.

Defense Systems

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has awarded the initial contracts in a five-year program that could up the ante in the field of high-performance—and low power—computing.

IARPA, the Intelligence Community’s research division, will work with IBM, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman in developing the first phase of its Cryogenic Computing Complexity, or C3, program, which aims to build a superconducting computer that can operate at exascale capacity—about 40 times faster than today’s fastest supercomputers—while requiring much less power than today’s machines.

GovConWire

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has selected three industry teams to perform research and development work on a future energy-efficient superconducting computer as part of IARPA’s multi-year Cryogenic Computer Complexity program.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Wednesday that teams led by IBM, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon‘s BBN Technologies subsidiary received research contracts to develop a replacement for complementary metal-oxide semiconductors in high-performance computing systems.

Voice Chronicle

US Intelligence agency has launched a research project to develop a superconducting supercomputer. The contract for building that computer has been awarded to three major technology companies.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (a branch of Director of National Intelligence) is funding the research, which will develop a superconducting supercomputer. The companies which won the contracts for this project are International Business Machines Corp, Raytheon BBN Technologies and Northrop Grumman Corp. The financial details of the project were not disclosed.

ExtremeTech

The secretive R&D wing of the US government’s intelligence efforts, IARPA, has announced a program to build a superconducting computer. IARPA will be working with IBM, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman to develop this superconducting computer, but the exact financial details of the deal are not available. Ultimately, the purpose of the program is to build an exascale supercomputer — a computer that is capable of at least 1,000 petaflops (1 exaflop), or about 40 times faster than the world’s existing supercomputers. And yes, in case you were wondering, such a computer would almost certainly be used by agencies like the CIA and NSA for cracking encrypted messages.

As you’ve probably surmised, IARPA — or Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to give its full name — is the intelligence version of the US Department of Defense’s DARPA. A quick look at IARPA’s research programs shows some similarities to DARPA, but with a bias towards social engineering, neuromorphic (brain-like) computing, and parsing big data (to dig some nuggets of intelligence out of the haystack of data). In this case, the superconducting computer is part of the Cryogenic Computing Complexity (C3) program.