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November 4, 2010

Romanian National Computing Initiative selects IBM

Computing capacity of 25.7 trillion calculations per second

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM has been selected as the infrastructure provider for six Romanian organisations partnering on the Romania’s National Computing Initiative (RoGrid).

RoGrid has selected IBM servers and storage in deals with a combined value of $1.4m to support projects across the fields of medicine, environment and life sciences.

Under the agreement, RoGrid will use 286 compute nodes of IBM System x and BladeCenter servers at six Romanian universities that are linked together using cloud computing technologies.

This will provide RoGrid with a computing capacity of 25.7 trillion calculations per second and a storage capacity equivalent to the contents of books made from 6.5 million trees.

The project will provide computational power to approximately 50 researchers working on 10 scientific projects.

IBM Romania country general manager Mihail Tudor said research organisations around the world are benefitting from the latest technologies in cloud computing, enabling them to get the most out of their investments in IT through powerful, scalable and cost effective offerings.

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"Our project with RoGrid is based on the high performance of our IT infrastructure offerings and our industry leadership in cloud computing," Tudor said.

IBM said that it had already installed the computing infrastructure at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, the Western University of Timisoara, the University of Craiova, the Oncology Institute of Bucharest, the Politehnica University of Bucharest and the Fine Mechanics Institute of Bucharest.

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