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IBM builds supercomputers genetic research

IBM builds supercomputers genetic research

IBM is building a new supercomputer together with the biotechnology company NuTec Sciences to further research human genes. Using a new algorithm developed by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the computer is supposed to decode relationships between genes.

Theoretically it does this algorithm makes it possible to research the genetic background of any disease. The biggest problem so far has been the lack of computing capacity, but this is about to change. A conventional computer would need 400 years to find relationships between the 35,000 currently known genes. The new supercomputer should reduce this time to about a month. The computer has 1250 IBM eServer p640 with 2.5 TByte memory and 50 TByte hard drive capacity. Information on costs was not given. The computer is said to occupy the 500 fastest supercomputers behind IBM's ASCI White and perform 7.5 trillion calculations per second (teraflops).

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