In the past, increases in the performance and speed of a supercomputer meant increases in space requirements and energy consumption as well. Then came the IBM ® Blue Gene/L ® supercomputer, a compact machine that offered unprecedented performance in an energy efficient design.
Since its introduction in 2004, the Blue Gene line of supercomputers has become pervasive, impacting numerous industries and diverse projects. Its speed and expandability have enabled business and science to address a wide range of complex problems and make more informed decisions—not just in the life sciences, but also in astronomy, climate, simulations, modeling and many other areas. Blue Gene systems have helped map the human genome, investigated medical therapies, simulated radioactive decay, replicated brain power, flown airplanes, pinpointed tumors, predicted climate trends and identified fossil fuels—all for less time and money than would have been required to physically complete these tasks.
“This technology opens the door to a number of applications of great interest to civilian industry and business, like biology and other life sciences. The future of U.S. high-performance computing will benefit tremendously from pursuing both of these paths in parallel.”
“IBM and Department of Energy’s NNSA Partner to Expand IBM's Blue Gene Research Project,” IBM press release2001
“Breakthroughs in computers and information technology are now creating new frontiers in biology. One day, you’re going to be able to walk into a doctor’s office and have a computer analyze a tissue sample, identify the pathogen that ails you, and then instantly prescribe a treatment best suited to your specific illness and individual genetic makeup.”
“IBM Announces $100 Million Research Initiative to build World's Fastest Supercomputer”, IBM press release1999
“New York Blue will be used for a large calculation to provide what you might call a ‘Bayesian prior’ of the stock market. It gives you sort of a universal view of everything. This is where you need huge amounts of data and processing.”
Universities Put ‘Blue Gene’ Machines In Cloud, To Help Hedge Funds Trade,” Information Management Online2010
“Climate change research is one policy-relevant field driving a need for more powerful computers to process complicated models of the Earth system. Improving weather forecasts, predicting toxic pollution flows, and space weather are other areas where faster, more efficient supercomputers like Blue Gene are essential for U.S. scientists to remain in the forefront of Earth science research.”
“NCAR Selects IBM Supercomputer,” University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) news release2005