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University of Queensland to Acquire New Supercomputer

queensland logoOver at ZDnet, Aimee Chanthadavong writes that the University of Queensland’s Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology will soon install a new supercomputer to support research in computational modeling of physical, pharmaceutical, and biological systems.

The AU$275,000 parallel computer cluster will be installed on-campus by the end of November, replacing AIBN’s existing cluster that has been in use since 2008.

The facility will be more efficient, providing more processing power and working over a fast network, which will enable researchers to work with more realistic models,” said Centre for Theoretical and Computational Molecular Science director professor Debra Bernhardt. “The computer has a new type of co-processor, providing faster and more energy efficient performance. Another advantage is that it works with traditional programming languages, making it easily accessible to researchers. The computational power is well beyond the current capabilities of a traditional PC.”

To put this story in perspective, you can check out this brief history of computing at the University of Queensland.

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