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IGB Faculty Members Granted Access to Top Supercomputer

IGB Faculty Members Granted Access to Top Supercomputer

Four researchers at the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) have been granted access to the Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, capable of sustained performance at 1 petaflop, the measure of computer processing speed that is equal to a thousand trillion floating-point operations per second.

New Supercomputer to Aid Genomics Research

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) has gifted the Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB) a highly parallel shared memory supercomputer named Ember. Originally funded by the NSF, Ember will be managed by the High-Performance Biological Computing (HPCBio) group.

“We’ve been using Ember for a while now through the NCSA, mainly in computational genomics,” said Victor Jongeneel, Director of HPCBio. “It can perform a lot of tasks that our existing systems just can’t. Having it under our own management will allow us better access and faster results.”

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