By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 25, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The University of New Mexico plans to use its new supercomputer for genome and biomedical research.

UNM officials say the supercomputer was gift from the New Mexico Consortium. It’s named Ulam after renowned mathematician and Manhattan Project scientist Stanislaw Ulam.

The director of UNM’s Center for Advanced Research Computing, Susan Atlas, says advanced computing needs are growing exponentially and the supercomputer will play an important role in supporting the work of researchers in the biology department and at the UNM Cancer Center.

The Ulam system arrived in parts. Technicians have been working to connect all the wires and cables needed to get the 12-rack supercomputer up and running.

Workers also need to install additional air conditioning and electrical capacity at UNM’s computing research center to adequately power and cool Ulam.

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