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

very. "This huge new facility will be able to process 400 trillion pieces of information per second," noted Brumby.

"Teamwork and collaborations in projects such as this one are essential, and this is an exciting time for SDSC as we get ready to open our new building that will double the size of the center and add another 5,000 square-feet of machine room space," said Fran Berman, Director of SDSC, in welcoming Premier Brumby and his delegation to SDSC and the UC San Diego campus. "We very much look forward to working with the Victorian government and the University of Melbourne on this exciting project."

Joining Premier Brumby in making the announcement was Peter Rathjen, University of Melbourne's Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research; and Gavin Jennings, Victoria's Minister for Innovation. "This partnership will allow us to generate, store, manage, and manipulate huge amounts of data," said Professor Rathjen. "It bumps up the underlying capability into visibility and reality, for everything we do."

Jennings noted that since 1999, the Victorian government has invested more than $2 billion in key research infrastructure to foster new life-saving discoveries. "The supercomputer adds the future dimension, and that's where the real breakthroughs will happen," he said.

UC San Diego has already been collaborating with the University of Melbourne on high-performance computer projects, the latest one being high definition and digital cinema video streams that are part of the "OzIPortal" project between the University of Melbourne and the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), a partnership of UC San Diego and UC Irvine. Earlier this year the two universities conducted "telepresence" sessions using the 100-megapixel OzIPortal constructed earlier this year, connecting via a transpacific gigabit lightpath on Australia's Academic and Research Network (AARNet).

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Contact: Jan Zverina
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University of California - San Diego
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