Human research to get added horsepower

The Victorian Life Sciences Computation Initiative (VLSCI), based at the University of Melbourne, will receive an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer, which should be installed and operational by June.

It will be one of the fastest supercomputers in Australia providing 836 teraflops of processing power – or the equivalent computing power of more than 20,000 desktop computers.

Massive calculations that would take one hour for the facility’s existing machines to process should take just three minutes on the Blue Gene/Q.

It will also be the fastest supercomputer dedicated to life sciences research in the southern hemisphere and open up new research horizons.

“Prior to having the super computer being available we were limited in what [trials] we could design, because we knew computational efficiency and practicality was always going to be an issue,” said University of
Melbourne post-doctoral research fellow Dr