Rice To Host Texas' First IBM Blue Gene Supercomputer

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Rice University and IBM have announced a partnership to build the first IBM Blue Gene supercomputer in Texas.

Rice faculty will use the Blue Gene/P supercomputer to further their own research in areas ranging from cancer to personalized medicine. Jan Odegard heads Rice’s Ken Kennedy Institute of Information Technology.

“Computing, at the scale we’re talking here and what we will be able to enable, will really be critical for a much deeper understanding to various diseases. And I think that will ultimately lead to the cures that we as a society are looking for.”

Richard Talbot is with IBM’s Austin development lab.

“Smarter health care is a very significant and high profile focus within IBM, and partnering with universities, and specifically Rice, enables us to demonstrate proof of concept for a broad range of applications.”

The addition of the Blue Gene/P doubles the number of supercomputing hours Rice can offer. The system is capable of conducting 84 trillion mathematical computations per second. When it goes operational in May, the system is expected to rank among the world’s 300 fastest supercomputers.

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