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IBM supercomputers dominate energy efficiency rankings


IBM Corp. is easily beating the competition in building supercomputers that not only perform complicated calculations at breathtaking speed but make energy efficiency a top priority, according to a new report.

The Armonk-based technology has designed 18 of the the top 20 most energy efficient supercomputers in the world, according to the latest Supercomputing “Green500 List” compiled by Green500.org.

“Modern supercomputers can no longer focus only on raw performance,” said David Turek, vice president of deep computing at IBM. “To be commercially viable these systems most also be energy efficient.”

The most energy efficient system in the world is an IBM supercomputer at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modeling at the University of Warsaw in Poland.

The world’s fastest supercomputer, an IBM model at Los Alamos National Laboratories in New Mexico, is ranked the fourth most energy efficient supercomputer in the world.

Other energy efficient supercomputers are being used for astronomy, climate prediction, pharmaceutical research and other applications. Fifty-seven of the top 100 positions on the list were IBM machines.
“IBM has a rich history of innovation that has significantly increased energy efficiency of our systems at all levels of the system that are designed to simultaneously reduce data center costs and energy use,” Turek said.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Monday, July 13th, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
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IBM delivers supercomputer to University of Louisville


IBM Corp., the Armonk-based computer services giant, said that it has delivered a new supercomputer to the University of Louisville. The machine, expected to rank among the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world, will help the Kentucky-based university tackle problems in fields such as cancer research, weather modeling and materials science.

Posted by Jay Loomis on Thursday, February 19th, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
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IBM tops charts in sales of identity software


Armonk-based IBM Corp. said today that for the second year in a row it outsold its competitors in sales of identity- and access-management software, citing analysis from independent analyst firm IDC.

The report noted that IBM’s sales of such software rose 6 percent from 2006, while total worldwide sales of the software by all vendors grew last year to more than $3.1 billion.

Further, IDC anticipates revenues to rise to $5.3 billion by 2012, IBM said.

Posted by David Schepp on Thursday, September 4th, 2008 at 2:17 pm |
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JMT Consulting agrees to acquire rival software firm


JMT Consulting Group of Patterson has agreed to acquire St. Louis-based NFP Consultants Inc., said the companies, which both provide consulting and software to nonprofit organizations.

Terms of the deal, announced this week, weren’t disclosed.

“Bringing these two great companies together will allow us to transcend what we have accomplished as separate businesses into one superior consultancy,” said Jacqueline Tiso, founder and chief executive of JMT Consulting.

The purchase is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close within 60 days, the companies said.

JMT has 25 employees, about a dozen of which work at the company’s Putnam offices, a spokeswoman said.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, August 1st, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
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IBM plans to build $360M computing center


IBM Corp. of Armonk plans to build a $360 million data center at its plant in Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The data center will include new technologies and services that will enable the computing giant to provide individuals with access to information and services from any device with high levels of quality and availability, IBM said.

IBM will renovate an existing building at the North Carolina campus to create one of the most technologically advanced and energy-efficient data centers in the world, it said.

Posted by David Schepp on Friday, August 1st, 2008 at 9:49 am |
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IBM tool tracks carbon impact


IBM Corp. of Armonk has a new tool that allows organizations to analyze and manage the impact that their supply chains have on the environment. Called the Carbon Tradeoff Modeler, the system tracks carbon dioxide emissions from manufacturing and distribution operations.
The tool allows businesses to study how different package sizes and packaging materials, transportation modes, and inventory policies affect both cost and carbon dioxide emissions. It can also evaluate the effect of alternative policies on those measurements.

Posted by Jerry Gleeson on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
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IBM computers to tackle global rice shortage


When you think of IBM, you think of computers, not rice bowls. But for the billions of people around the world who rely on rice as a staple food, a new initiative by Big Blue could mean heartier meals.

A worldwide network of computers created by IBM will be tackling the looming rice shortage by helping researchers at the University of Washington research stronger, more nutritious and climate-tolerant rice strains.

IBM’s World Community Grid — a network of more than 1 million personal computers linked together to donate idle time to science — has accepted the Nutritious Rice for the World project as its latest effort.

Robin Wilner, vice president of Global Community Initiatives at IBM’s Armonk headquarters, said this is the ninth project for the grid, which was started in 2004.

“As a corporation, we’re a member of all of the communities where IBMers live and work and where our customers live and work. We need to be involved in solving problems that affect those communities, whether it’s looking for a cure for AIDS, creating diagnostic tools for cancer or finding more nutritious, disease-resistant rice,” she said.

IBM is not only providing technical assistance to the project, it’s donating computer time. Almost a third of IBM’s employees have signed up to allow their PCs to be used by the World Community Grid’s projects.

“More than 100,000 of us have World Community Grid on our laptops. Whenever we are on the phone, like we are now, my laptop is working to find out about the proteins in rice because I’m not typing,” she said.

The idea behind the grid is that unused computer power can add up to deliver the performance of a supercomputer to an organization that couldn’t afford to buy one for itself.

The University of Washington researchers will use the grid in a project that is expected to take 12 to 18 months. Without IBM’s help, it would 200 years to complete the rice study using just the computers the researchers have at hand.

The project involves mapping the structure of rice proteins using three-dimensional models on the computer to find ones that yield more rice, repel bugs, resist drought or contain more nutrients.

Anyone with a computer and Internet access can donate their time.

The project is supported by a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Posted by Julie Moran Alterio on Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
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