Computer Errors Caused by Cosmic Rays from Outer Space

 

This video shows Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist's work on researching the cosmic causes of errors to supercomputers. Cosmic rays from outer space are causing errors in supercomputers, known as single event upsets.

The neutrons that pass through the CPU may be causing binary data to flip leading to incorrect calculations. Los Alamos National Laboratory, including Nathan Debardeleben, a LANL scientist with an NMC affiliation, has developed detectors to determine how much data is being corrupted by these cosmic particles.

Watch the video to learn more.

 

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