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 Wednesday, 19-June-2013  19:59:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

If a PS3 firmware update in the last day or so bricked your PS3, you're not alone. Hi guys, we're aware of reports that the recent PS3 update (4.45) has caused. We have temporarily taken 4.45 offline and are investigating.

Australia has a new fastest supercomputer. Raijin is a high-performance cluster with 57,472 cores (Intel Xeon Sandy Bridge 2.6 GHz), Mellanox FDR interconnect, 160 Tbytes of main memory, 10 Pbytes of useable fast filesystem, running the OneSIS cluster manager, and the PBS Pro workflow manager. Named after the Japanese God of Thunder, Raijin has debuted at number one in Australia, and number 24 in the world on the TOP500 list of best supercomputers.

Who has the number one worldwide, then? Currently, it seems China does. It’s called Tianhe-2, and with more than 3 million processor cores, it’s the world’s most powerful supercomputer. It can perform more than 30 quadrillion calculations per second, easily dwarfing the runner-up, an Oak Ridge National Laboratories machine known as Titan. The Oak Ridge system can do 17.59 quadrillion calculations per second, according to its most recent published benchmarks.

The University of Wollongong has made a lithium-ion battery breakthrough. Team leader Professor Zaiping Guo from the university’s Institute for Superconducting & Electronic Materials told her audience at UoW’s recent Big Ideas Festival that cells using nanostructured Germanium (Ge)-based anode material improve energy density by up to five times, sufficient to at least double the range of the batteries used in today’s EVs.

Meanwhile over New Zealand, Google are testing balloon internet. Google is piloting a mesh network of high-altitude balloons in the skies above New Zealand that it hopes will eventually carry reliable internet services to all corners of the globe. The web giant unveiled Project Loon on Saturday, having launched 30 balloons into the skies above the Canterbury region in New Zealand this week.

Closer to home, there's a new secret communications facility being built in Canberra, say ITWire. The Defence Signals Directorate (DSD) will be one of the main tenants in a new data centre being built at HMAS Harman. A number of contracts have been signed, including $11 million with John Holland for the building construction, which still stands empty. The government said in its initial tender documents that the works would be completed by March 2013, and that the total cost of the project would be ‘in the order of’ $135 million’.

Armidale boasts the fastest wireless NBN in the country. Fusion Broadband has bonded four wireless NBN connections from two different service providers for Armidale-based Uniplan Group, a company that designs and constructs transportable buildings for holiday parks in A/NZ. Fusion Broadband managing director, Jason Maude, said that following tests over the past few weeks, the Fusion Broadband service at Uniplan is receiving 40 Mbps for downloads and 3.75 Mbps for uploads.

Today's timewaster is Cube Slam from Tony_L. It's a 3D pong clone with bears.

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