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AIST to Use IBM s BlueGene for Protein Research

NEW YORK, Sep. 8 (GenomeWeb News) - IBM has announced that Japanese research laboratory Advanced Industrial Science and Technology will use the IBM BlueGene/L supercomputer to predict 3-D protein structures.


The BlueGene/L system will be installed in February 2005 at the Computational Biology research Center at Tokyo-based AIST. The system consists of four racks with a peak processing speed of 22.8 trillion calculations per second.


Yorktown Heights, N.Y.-based IBM said that it was discussing possible areas for joint research with AIST using application software that IBM has specifically designed for researching protein simulations on BlueGene/L.


AIST joins the Argonne National Laboratory in the US and the Dutch astronomical organization ASTRON, both of which will start using the BlueGene/L supercomputer next year.

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