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Supercomputing makes its Middle East debut at new CERT facility

Middle East-based ISVs and large enterprises craving 5.7 Teraflops of processing power need look no further than Abu Dhabi.

Middle East-based ISVs and large enterprises craving 5.7 Teraflops of processing power need look no further than Abu Dhabi. The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) has launched the first ‘on demand’ supercomputing centre in the Middle East, based on IBM’s Blue Gene system.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE, inaugurated the centre this morning, in the presence of senior executives from both CERT and IBM.

“The new on demand centre takes the region to a new level of highly needed research and development capabilities. Major industries will witness a drastic improvement in their high performance computing capabilities,” comments Dr. Tayeb A Kamali, Vice Chairman of CERT and Vice Chancellor Higher Colleges of Technology.

CERT envisages using the centre to enhance the research and development capabilities of various industry sectors including oil and gas, banking and finance, life sciences and seismology.

The Blue Gene system provides a huge amount of computing power equivalent to 5.7 Teraflops - some 5.7 trillion mathematical operations per second.

“The launch of the centre today promises the region with more innovative methods that would impact Middle East business sectors,” explains Takreem El-Tohamy, general manager of IBM Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan.

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