From the Wall Street Journal: “Rutgers University, IBM Open Supercomputer Center”

As a proud alumnus of Rutgers University, I could not let this go by.

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By HEATHER HADDON
March 27, 2012

“Rutgers University and International Business Machines Corp. IBM -0.02% will cut the ribbon Tuesday on a technology center in New Jersey that houses a $3.3 million supercomputer—stacks of processors that can digest massive quantities of data in a fraction of the time that a desktop unit would take.

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Named “IBM Blue Gene/P,” the machine, about the size of two refrigerators, will be one of the most powerful computers in the Northeast, with thousands of central processing units, or CPUs. IBM hopes in the coming year it will make the prestigious “TOP 500″ list of the world’s most powerful computers, determined by a group of academic and government researchers.

The supercomputer has similar analytical capabilities to “Watson,” the IBM computer that competed on the TV game show “Jeopardy.”

A genome analysis that would take a year on a desktop, for example, could wrap up in a day on this computer, said Michael Pazzani, vice president for research and economic development at Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J., where the technology center is located.

‘This is the first step in a multiyear plan that involves IBM and Rutgers. We hope to become one of the top 10 academic computing centers in the world,’ Mr. Pazzani said.”

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