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Enterprise IT Planet: Genetic Research Center Taps IBM for Supercomputer

Mar 29, 2004, 08:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Pedro Hernandez)

[ Thanks to Matt for this link. ]

"Ironically, figuring out the interactions of tiny genes requires massive processing power. So research centers are increasingly investing in off-the-shelf server hardware to create supercomputers capable of the compute-intensive work that these endeavors require.

"Fortunately, the Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics, nestled at the University at Buffalo's campus will soon have over 1.32 TeraFlops at its disposal. The aim is harness that power and apply it to the genetic research that one day might lead to cures for the diseases that have been befuddling researchers, such as Alzheimer's, MS and AIDS.

"To generate 1.32 TeraFlops, IBM is crafting for the university a supercomputer comprised of 266 Bladcenter HS20s powered by Red Hat Advance Server 2.1. Each two-way HS20 will be outfitted with Intel Xeons rated at 2.8 GHz and a full gigabyte of RAM..."

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