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Cert brings Blue Gene to Middle East

The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training has set up its first supercomputing centre.

The centre in Abu Dhabi cost Cert around US$5million to construct, including the purchase of one of IBM’s Blue Gene supercomputers, and will be offered as an on-demand facility for public and private sector organisations that need access to supercomputing power.

The centre opened late last month and puts the UAE on the supercomputing map as it is the only Blue Gene system between Europe and Japan, and the only dedicated, on-demand system in the world that is based on IBM’s technology.

Blue Genes rank as the first and third fastest supercomputers on the world’s top 500 list, along with 10 other entries in the top 50 and 28 entries in the top 150.

Cert’s Blue Gene is capable of doing around 5.7 trillion mathematical operations per second, it claimed.

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