IBM has announced that it will donate a £1m 14-teraflop Blue Gene/P system to the Meraka Institute which will be hosted by the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town, South Africa.
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IBM said it hopes its donation would spark scientific and socio-economic progress in the region.
The Blue Gene supercomputer will be, by far, the most powerful supercomputer on the African continent, according to IBM. It will be available free of charge to any qualifying African institution for use on advanced scientific projects. The application process, being developed by IBM and the CHPC, will be made public before the system is installed early in 2008 with the goal of granting access to any African institution focused on social, economic, and environmental issues and skills development on the African continent.