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IBM Donates $2.2M Blue Gene Computer to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) — IBM is donating one of its Blue Gene supercomputers to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, which will use it for biological simulations and computational research, Rensselaer said today.
Rensselaer, based in Troy, NY, said the $2.2-million Blue Gene, which IBM awarded under its Shared University Research program, will allow researchers to gain supercomputing experience while it supports projects for developing biological simulation technologies.
The Blue Gene also will be used to develop algorithms and software that will integrate it into the school’s Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations, a $100-million partnership between IBM, the Institute, and the State of New York.
The new technology will help “develop simulations for prototyping medical devices in ‘virtual patients,’” Rensselaer said, and added that this type of discovery tool could apply to targeting drug delivery systems such as drug-eluting stents, transdermal patches, and inhalers.

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