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Researchers at New York University today are set to unveil "Max" - the city's fastest computer and a machine they hope will help solve scientific mysteries.
Although the 10-foot-by-3-foot IBM-built machine wouldn't fill a small NYU dorm room, Max can perform roughly 2,000 times faster than the average home computer - fast enough to develop models for studying ocean and atmospheric currents as well as simulate the functions of the human body."
IT Jungle Server Makers Push Linux As Linux Pulls Them
"In a separate announcement, IBM will also talk about the 4.5 teraflops BladeCenter Linux-Power cluster that it has sold to New York University, which will be the largest supercomputer on the island of Manhattan. This cluster is comprised of 256 of the JS20 blades using 2.2 GHz PowerPC 970 processors, and will be notable in that it will be the first commercial supercomputer that makes use of the IPv6 protocol. This supercomputer, which is being financed in part by the U.S. Army, will be used for genomics and atmospheric research. The deal also calls for a 64-node JS20 cluster rated at about 1 teraflops to be installed as a test and development system. NYU picked the BladeCenter for its cluster partly because of performance, but also because of the density and the high-cost of New York real estate. The 4.5 teraflops cluster fits in a 30 square feet footprint."
“Bioinformatics will be at the core of biology in the 21st century. In fields ranging from structural biology to genomics to biomedical imaging, ready access to data and analytical tools are fundamentally changing the way investigators in the life sciences conduct research and approach problems. Complex, computationally intensive biological problems are now being addressed and promise to significantly advance our understanding of biology and medicine. No biological discipline will be unaffected by these technological breakthroughs.”BIOINFORMATICS IN THE 21st CENTURY
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