4.  A speedy second (Indiana university)

Always nipping at Purdue University’s heels in the supercomputer race is its in-state rival Indiana University.

IU’s Big Red II, which is also one of the 50 fastest University-owned supercomputers in the world, can crunch a quadrillion pieces of data every second. In order for a human being to perform that many calculations, it would require the person to complete a calculation every second of every day for 31 million years.

5. Jeopardy champion (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

In 2013, IBM donated a supercomputer known as Watson to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and this fall the University of California at Berkeley will get one of its own.

But before Watson went to college, it demonstrated its artificial intelligence in other ways. In 2011, an earlier version of the supercomputer appeared on the television game show Jeopardy! — and famously beat Jeopardy! champions Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter.

6. BBQ sauce connoisseur

Okay, so this one doesn’t have much to do with supercomputers being used on college campuses, but it was a feat too delicious not to include.

Not only can IBM’s supercomputing system Watson win Jeopardy!, it can also create an original recipe for a supposedly delicious BBQ sauce, as well as other condiments and dishes.

In fact, IBM even showed up at this year’s SXSW with a food truck for peddling Watson’s wares.


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