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UMD Researchers Build Single-Chip Supercomputer

University of Maryland researchers have developed a new technology they describe as a "single-chip supercomputer prototype," which would be capable of speeds 100 times faster than current desktops. It is based on parallel processing on a single chip.

What's more, the developers of the prototype, Prof. Uzi Vishkin and colleagues at the Maryland's Clark School of Engineering, are offering a $500 prize for the best name submitted for the prototype.

"The single-chip supercomputer prototype ... uses rich algorithmic theory to address the practical problem of building an easy to program multi-core computer," Charles Leiserson, a professor of computer science and engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told United Press International. "Vishkin's chip unites the theory of yesterday with the reality of today."

To increase awareness of the new technology, Vishkin is inviting the public to propose names for it, UPI reported. The name should reflect the features and bold aspirations of the new machine and its parallel computing capabilities, Vishkin said. The the link below for submitting entries. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 15.

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