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s develop critical computational biology tools that operate on the Blue Gene system, with the goal of making these available to a broad community of users.

The project's principal investigators at Rensselaer are Angel Garcia, senior constellation chaired professor in biocomputation and bioinformatics; Mark Shephard, the Samuel A. and Elisabeth C. Johnson Jr. Professor of Engineering and director of the Scientific Computation Research Center; Shekhar Garde, the Elaine and Jack S. Parker Career Development Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering; and Kenneth Jansen, associate professor of mechanical, aerospace, and nuclear engineering.

The new Blue Gene system consists of a single rack with 1,024 dual processor compute nodes, 32 I/O nodes, a service node, a front-end node, and multiple terabytes of SAN-based disk storage.

Announced in May 2006, the Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI) is a $100 million partnership between Rensselaer, IBM, and New York state to create one of the world's most powerful university-based supercomputing centers, and a top supercomputing center of any kind in the world. The center is designed to help continue the impressive advances in shrinking device dimensions seen by electronics manufacturers, and to enable key nanotechnology innovations in the fields of energy, biotechnology, arts, and medicine. Learn more at the CCNI Web site: http://rpi.edu/research/ccni/index.html.
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