Supercomputer joins fight against AIDS

AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis should be the ones scared for a change. In South Africa, a supercomputer costing $1 million was donated by Intel and is now dedicated to scientific research for these diseases. Installed at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) offices in Pretoria, the supercomputer is designed to process huge amounts of complex information at shocking speeds. CSIR is a government arm responsible for leading scientific and technology research. Thanks to 64 processors with a peak operating speed of one teraflop, the whole research cycle simply takes less time. As a result, local researchers will be able to assess the structure of the HIV virus faster and more accurately than in a physical laboratory. The supercomputer can be accessed by local scientists free of charge for testing vaccines and other treatments.

News source: CNN

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Aids is a worldwide problem... not limited to Africa! (Although many Africans have Aids due to inproper "protection")

I say "Well Done to them" to get the ball rolling!!!!

This is great because Africa (as opposed to 1st world countries) is crying out for Information Technology. What's truly wonderful is that the goverment is allowing researchers to use the facility free of charge. This will have a major impact in an area of the world where goverment policies and indigeonous culture have combined to allow the AIDS virus to run riot.

rbet - this is newsworthy because it's IT that is actually affecting real world situations. Other than anotehr release of Tweak for Vista.

I think this is the sort of news that should be being posted.

This is newsworthy because:
1. This is the first supercomputer ever donated for medical research.
OR
2. This is a slow news day.

I hope it is #2.

Also, is the speed of the supercomputer 1TFlop or is the speed of the individual processor 1TFlop?