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IBM Supercomputer Boosts Bulgaria's Advance Towards Knowledge-Based Economy

The Bulgarian IBM Blue Gene/P is among top 100 most powerful supercomuters in the world

SOFIA, Bulgaria - 09 Sep 2008: The Bulgarian State Agency for Information Technology and Communications (SAITC) and IBM Bulgaria today announced the Bulgarian IBM Blue Gene/P - the first installation of the world famous Blue Gene computer in Bulgaria. SAITC will use IBM Blue Gene/P for high-end computing-intensive projects in life sciences, new drugs discovery, financial modelling and education.

The Linux based system contains 8192 densely packed microprocessors and runs at 23.42 trillion operations per second (TFLOPS). Based on the current Top500.org list, the Bulgarian IBM Blue Gene/P would today be amongst the top one hundred most powerful supercomputers in the world. IBM Bulgaria has already installed the two-rack system at the Supercomputing Centre of the SAITC.

"The National Supercomputing Applications Center now has the most advanced computer equipment and processing power. It is an exceptional benefit for our country", said Sergey Stanishev, Prime Minister of Republic of Bulgaria, at theopening ceremony of the center.

Organizations, such as Bulgarian Academy of Science, Ministry of Finance and Bulgarian universities will be able to access the computing power of the IBM Blue Gene/P to carry out complex scientifical research. In addition, the Ministry of Finance and the National Centre for Human Genomics and Proteomics (Genpromed), a newly formed public research entity in human genomics and proteomics, will rely on IBM Blue Gene/P in its collaboration with the IBM Research Laboratory in Zurich in supercomputing projects in the areas of financial modelling, genome studies, and drugs development.

"This agreement with IBM begins a new era of supercomputing in Bulgaria and creates huge potential to boost scientific research in the region as a whole," said Plamen Vachkov, Chairman of the Bulgarian State Agency for Information Technology and Communications

Four are the main target areas where IBM Blue Gene/P's computing power will be used:

"IBM is a leader in supercomputing, attributable to our ability to offer our clients worldwide next generation of supercomputers, handling large amounts of data while consuming a fraction of the power and floor space required", said Alexander Rakov, country general manager, IBM Bulgaria. “Our agreement with The State Agency for Information Technology and Communications demonstrates not only our commitment to collaborate with leading Bulgarain government institutions, but to Bulgaria’s national scientific agenda.”

Blue Gene/P is the second generation of the world’s most powerful supercomputer. Since 2004 IBM’s Blue Gene has led the Top500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers (www.top500.org).
Based on the current Top500.org list, four out of the top ten most powerful servers are IBM Blue Gene. Because of its unique design that allows for the dense packaging of processors, memory and interconnecting circuits, Blue Gene consumes a fraction of the power and floor space required by today's supercomputers. One rack of Blue Gene/P is equivalent in size to a domestic refrigerator and is at least seven times more energy-efficient than any other similar design. The ‘modular’ and scalable design of Blue Gene means that The State Agency for Information Technology and Communications can add racks as computing requirements grow.

Contact(s) information

Irena Minkova
IBM Media Relations (Bulgaria)
+359 2 400 9126
+359 888 517129 (mobile)
irena@bg.ibm.com

Mike Corrado
IBM Media Relations (U.S.)
914-766-4635

mcorrado@us.ibm.com

Екатерина Попова
Bulgarian State Agency for Information Technology and Communications
+359 29492254
+359885698680 (mobile)
epopova@daits.government.bg

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From left to right: Plamen Vatchkov, Chairman, State Agency for Information Technology and Communications; Sergey Stanishev, Prime Minister, Republic of Bulgaria; Petar Dimitrov, Minister of the Economy and Energy, Republic of Bulgaria, Peter Tesarik, Vice President, General Business, IBM Central and Eastern Europe, Alexander Rakov, General Manager, IBM Bulgaria

The Bulgarian State Agency for Information Technology and Communications (SAITC) and IBM Bulgaria today announced the Bulgarian IBM Blue Gene/P - the first installation of the world famous Blue Gene computer in Bulgaria.

Discussing how IBM Blue Gene boosts Bulgaria's advance towards knowledge-based economy. From Left to right: Alexander Rakov, General Manager, IBM Bulgaria; Peter Tesarik, Vice President, General Business, IBM Central and Eastern Europe, Plamen Oresharski, Minister of Finance, Republic of Bulgaria, Sergey Stanishev, Prime Minister, IBM Bulgaria

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