The grid will be used to detect breast cancer in patients, store mammograms in digital form and identify populations that are particularly susceptible, the company said in a statement. The system can be used, for example, to compare a new mammogram to a previous year's image to detect changes.
IBM, along with rivals such as Sun Microsystems and Compaq Computer, have been backing grid computing, which joins computers and storage systems into a large pool of computing power. Initial buyers are researchers in academia and pharmaceutical companies, but IBM believes more mainstream companies also will be interested. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News