IBM, Flagship Solutions open super-computer center at Florida school

A super-computer center has been established by IBM and Flagship Solutions at Florida Polytechnic University to advance computer technology and support science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.
By Richard Tomkins  |  Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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ARMONK, N.Y., Aug. 13 (UPI) -- IBM is expanding its partnership with universities and business schools, and has established a super-computing center at Florida Polytechnic University.

The center is a joint effort with the university and business partner Flagship Solutions Group for advancing cyber-security, Big Data and analytics, Cloud virtualization and other engineering and computer science areas.

It will also support research projects led by university faculty and graduate students and the school's focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education.

"Florida Polytechnic University's STEM-based mission is directly aligned with the business models of IBM and Flagship, and it has been very satisfying to work with the leadership at those two firms to make the Supercomputer happen on an expeditious timeline," said Tom Hull, Vice President of Florida Polytechnic University.

"After considering the mission of the university, I realized that an IBM Supercomputer Complex could satisfy our need for a high performance computing center and a student data center for both our curriculum and applied research at a high level.

Florida Polytechnic is a new school in the state's university system and joins 28 other institutions of higher education in partnering with the company.

The super-computing center is 2,500 square feet in size. The super-computer itself consists of five racks of systems that include nearly 1,000 core processors. Its storage technology manages more than 150 terabytes of data.

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