NEW YORK, Dec 18 - IBM and NuTec Sciences of Atlanta said Monday they had agreed to build a 7.5-teraflop computing cluster, which will be used by NuTec’s life science unit to study genes’ role in disease.

The computing cluster, which will have a processing capacity of 7.5 trillion calculations per second, will be the fastest non-governmental system, the companies said in a statement.

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