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RPI Unveils Supercomputer Center

By Dave Lucas

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Albany, NY – The official opening is still months away, but officials representing Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM and New York State couldn't wait to show off the new Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations, or CCNI - at the Rensselaer Technology Park, the result of a 100-million dollar partnership.

At the heart of the facility is what's called an IBM "Blue Gene" - the same type of computer that mapped the human genome - which operates in excess of 80 teraflops or "trillion floating point operations" per second, capable of making 15-thousand calculations each second for every person in the world.

Senator Joe Bruno says the project will impact the upstate economy through the creation of hundereds of high-paying high-tech jobs.

WAMC'S Capital District Bureau Chief Dave Lucas reports.