New York State expects biotechs and other businesses to benefit from a program it launched this week that will provide free access to a 100-teraflop IBM Blue Gene/L supercomputer housed at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Under the three-year program, the New York State Foundation for Science and Technology and Innovation, or NYSTAR, is offering nearly 150 million CPU-hours on the system. Businesses and academic researchers in the state can apply for an unspecified amount of free time on the machine.

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