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IBM Wins US National Medal of Technology and Innovation for Blue Gene Supercomputer

Blue Gene banner with National Medal of Technology and Innovation

President Obama recognized IBM and its Blue Gene family of supercomputers with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the country's most prestigious award given to leading innovators for technological achievement. 

Blue Gene's 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 also reflects breakthroughs in energy efficiency. With the creation of Blue Gene, IBM dramatically shrank the physical size and energy needs of a computing system whose processing speed would have required a dedicated power plant capable of generating power to thousands of homes.

News releases
Date Title
18 Sep 2009 President Obama Honors IBM's Blue Gene Supercomputer With National Medal Of Technology And Innovation
13 Jul 2009 Report Finds IBM Supercomputers Most Energy Efficient in the World
23 Jun 2009 IBM Achieves Record 10th Straight Number One Showing on TOP500 Supercomputer List
12 Nov 2007 IBM's Blue Gene Pulls Away from the Pack
26 Jun 2007 IBM Triples Performance of World's Fastest, Most Energy-Efficient Supercomputer

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  • President Obama and IBM CEO Palmisano photo

    President Obama recognizes IBM with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation

    Date added: 07 Oct 2009

    President Obama recognizes IBM with the 2008 National Medal of Technology and Innovation for the IBM Blue Gene family of supercomputers. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the United States' most prestigious award given to leading innovators for technological achievement. IBM CEO Sam Palmisano is shown here accepting the award on IBM's behalf on Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2009, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC. IBM Blue Gene is one of the world's fastest, most energy-efficient computers -- one that is helping to solve humanity's most stubborn challenges in science, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, defense, finance, and other crucial disciplines.

  • IBM Blue Gene Supercomputer thumbnail image

    President Obama Honors IBM's Blue Gene Supercomputer with National Medal Of Technology and Innovation

    Date added: 18 Sep 2009

    President Obama recognized IBM and its Blue Gene family of supercomputers with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the country's most prestigious award given to leading innovators for technological achievement. Blue Gene's 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.

  • IBM Blue Gene

    IBM Blue Gene Installation at The Hormel Institute

    Date added: 06 Feb 2008

    Dr. Zigang Dong, M.D., Dr. P.H., executive director of The Hormel Institute and Mike Good, Blue Gene program manager for IBM in Minnesota collaborate to install the first Blue Gene supercomputer in the state of Minnesota at The Hormel Institute, a medical research unit of the University of Minnesota, in Austin, Minn.


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Jennifer Galitz McTighe
IBM Media Relations
914-945-1016
galitz@us.ibm.com