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Premier Brumby announces plans to build largest life sciences supercomputer facility
Date:6/18/2008

Australia's Victorian Premier John Brumby today announced a $100 million (AUD) initiative to build the world's largest life sciences supercomputer facility to assist in discovering cures and therapies for such life-threatening diseases such as cancer, brain disorders and 'flu pandemics.

In making the announcement at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego, Premier Brumby said the Victorian government is investing $50 million in the supercomputer facility, complementing University of Melbourne and other funding of an additional $50 million to establish the Victorian Life Sciences Computation initiative at the University's Parkville Precinct.

The University of Melbourne will release initial expressions of interest for the peak computing facility later this year, with major installations planned for 2009 and 2011.

"I am delighted to make this important announcement here at the University of California, San Diego," Brumby said, adding that the Victorian government is looking forward to collaborating with the San Diego Supercomputer Center and other UC San Diego research units in advancing disease research through high-performance computing.

""If you want the very best in cancer diagnosis, and want the very best in cancer treatment, you need a supercomputer," said Brumby, adding that the Australian government has seen an "explosion" in the level of brain diseases such as Alzheimer's, and that the country must be able to better anticipate and treat 'flu pandemics. "The one missing link in our life sciences initiative was a supercomputer facility, and now we will have not only the largest supercomputer in Australia, but the biggest life sciences supercomputer in the world."

The $100 million supercomputer will accelerate ground-breaking research by using large databases of genetic information, complex models of analysis of human systems, and hundreds of teraflops of computing power to increase speed to disco
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Contact: Jan Zverina
jzverina@sdsc.edu
858-534-5111
University of California - San Diego
Source:Eurekalert  

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