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University at Buffalo Establishes Center for Computational Research

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BUFFALO, NY--The State University of New York here claims to have transformed itself into one of the top 10 academic supercomputing sites in the US with the establishment of a new computational research facility that will, among other things, support research in computational biology. The Center for Computational Research will provide faculty, students, and industrial and educational partners with the best technologies available for creating and advancing knowledge, according to university President William Greiner.

Featuring more than $7 million in computer equipment, the center was equipped through a gift of approximately $1.2 million worth of equipment from IBM and a substantial computer-equipment grant from Silicon Graphics. The center also is being supported by $1 million in funding from the State University of New York, a $300,000 grant from the US National Science Foundation, and a gift of $300,000 in computer equipment from Sun Microsystems. The university is making an initial investment of approximately $1.5 million to create and support the center.

The center's 58-processor IBM RS/6000 SP computer, a next-generation version of "Deep Blue," is one of only a handful of such machines in an academic laboratory in the US, the school claimed. A 64-processor Silicon Graphics Origin2000 server has also been installed. Taken together, the supercomputers in the center will be able to carry out more than 60 billion operations per second, enabling scientists and engineers conducting research in a range of fields, including pharmaceutical drug design and molecular biology, to accelerate the pace of their research, the university said.

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