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DOE Takes Pride in IBM Blue Gene Award

ibmHPCWire: The Department of Energy has a lot to grin about these days.  A key piece of the DoE computational tool-set, the IBM Blue Gene platform, will be awarded the Medal of Technology by President Barack Obama on October 7th.  Both Argonne National Lab and Lawrence Livermore National Lab contributed key input and software tools throughout the development of the platform through a key partnership with IBM.  The DoE began the partnership back in 2001 with the Blue Gene platform specifically in mind.

The Blue Gene supercomputers are an outstanding example of our investment in nuclear security providing the tools to tackle broader national challenges,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “This machine, which was originally developed to ensure the safety and reliability of our nuclear stockpile without testing, has led to amazing advances in science and discovery. I congratulate IBM, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Argonne National Laboratory for a job well done.”

The success of this partnership is an excellent example of how national laboratories can help fuel industry and drive innovation,” said William Brinkman, director of DOE’s Office of Science.

The Medal of Technology and Innovation is a huge award from the IBM Blue Gene team.  Its considerd to be one of the top achievements for outstanding contributions to the nation’s competitiveness on a global scale.  Four individuals specifically recognized on the award will meet with President Obama at the White House today for a formal reception.  For more info, read the full article here.

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