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IBM outlines prototype Holey Optochip

IBM has outlined a prototype optical chipset called Holey Optochip, which can transfer one terabit of information a second. That throughput, assuming the chip eventually scales, could provide a bandwidth boost that alters the supercomputing and datacentre landscape.

March 8, 2012 by

IBM debuts supercomputing private cloud

IBM has announced a family of supercomputing products designed to give companies access to large amounts of processing power within their private cloud.The high-performance computing (HPC) products, announced by IBM on Thursday, include the IBM HPC Management Suite, the HPC cloud implementation service, and the IBM Intelligent Cluster integrated hardware appliances.

June 10, 2011 by

KAUST to house fastest supercomputer in Middle East

Thanks to one of my tipsters, I was informed the other day that KAUST, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, have teamed up with IBM to build the fastest and most powerful supercomputer in the Middle East.KAUST is one of the most modern, dedicated and technologically advanced graduate-level research university in the Middle East, and with this new venture into supercomputing, will now make it one of the most important centres in the region.

September 25, 2008 by

Dr. IBM prescribes Blue Gene to hunt down HIV

It’s not often that you hear the acronyms IBM and HIV in the same sentence, but news from Big Blue is that the company is working with the University of Edinburgh on a research project to use supercomputing simulations combined with lab experiments to speed the design of drugs aimed at inhibiting infection by the HIV virus.

April 3, 2008 by

Gaming technology helps finding oil

With the help of an IBM supercomputer, University of Houston (UH) seismic researchers are using video game technology to help them more effectively target oil reserves. IBM has installed a Cell Broadband Engine (Cell/B.E.) system 'that represents a new generation of powerful supercomputers with substantial parallelism built in at the core level.' The Cell chip, which was developed by IBM, Sony and Toshiba, was originally designed for products such as the Sony PlayStation3. But it also can deliver supercomputing performance for data-intensive processing like seismic exploration. And according to UH, the Cell chip could soon have 34 core units instead of 9 today. But this not confirmed by other sources, so let's wait to see if there is some truth behind this rumor.

September 21, 2007 by

Big Blue lands supercomputing rental deal

IBM has signed up a second pharmaceutical company, Locus Pharmaceuticals, to a program that has customers pay for supercomputing resources to augment their in-house systems. Locus will tap into a cluster of IBM's Linux servers with Intel processors at an "on demand" supercomputing center, IBM plans to announce Monday.

November 30, 2003 by

Energy Dept., IBM to unveil Science Grid

IBM is working with the Department of Energy to build a "grid" to interconnect numerous computers into a shared virtual supercomputing system that hundreds of researchers can tap into, Big Blue will announce Friday. The seed of the DOE Science Grid consists of just two computer systems at present, but in the future it will include others at the national laboratories of Lawrence Berkeley, Argonne, Oak Ridge and Pacific Northwest. The first two computers on the Science Grid will be a 3,328-processor Unix system at the DOE's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC), which IBM designed, and a smaller and more recent 160-processor Intel system. In addition, a storage system at NERSC with 1.3 petabytes of space--about 30,000 times that of a desktop computer--will be attached. A core group of NERSC supercomputer users will be able to tap into the system, which originally wasn't expected to become a grid system until 2004. Grid computing, which pools networks of computers and storage systems into a larger collective of processing power, was born in academic circles. But IBM and others are making efforts to rework the idea as a tool for business computing as well. Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computer, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft and others also are pushing grid computing. IBM expects other companies' systems will be used on the grid as well. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News

March 22, 2002 by

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