Yesterday IBM and the University of Edinburgh announced they were teaming up in a five year project to to increase the efficacy of HIV drugs
The project includes powerful computing technology, including IBM’s Blue Gene supercomputer, combined with new experimental characterization aimed at targeting the infection process itself by designing inhibitors for the part of the virus responsible for allowing the virus’ genetic material to enter the human cell.
But not everyone in the UK thinks that their use of Blue Gene is a good idea
Conservative party leader, David Cameron promised today that if his party was elected there would be no more IT projects “like Labour’s hubristic NHS supercomputer”.
The part that he’s unhappy about is that, in his view, the BG is a proprietary system. Cameron is evidently a big open source fan
“The basic reason for the problems [in government IT programmes] is Labour’s addiction to the mainframe model -large, centralised systems for the management of information.
…“We will follow private sector best practice which is to introduce ‘open standards’ that enables IT contracts to be split up into modular components. So never again could there be projects like Labour’s hubristic NHS supercomputer.”
I guess he’d be happier with a white box cluster built in someone’s garage running Yellow Dog Linux mounted from iPods? It’s fascinating when science and politics mix. In the same way that train wrecks, landslides, and earthquakes are fascinating.