SAN DIEGO--Structural Bioinformatics here has selected an IBM RS/6000 SP--the same supercomputer that defeated world chess champion Garry Kasparov earlier this year--to run bioinformatics simulation programs associated with the company's drug discovery efforts. The RS/6000 SP is capable of processing 16 proteins at once, giving the Structural Bioinformatics a 10-fold increase over earlier modeling speeds, according to IBM. Faster speeds will be critical as the human genome project continues to generate ever-growing amounts of data, the company observed.

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