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November 1, 2010

IBM, University of Lugano team on multi-core technology research

IBM Power 755 rack-mounted server to be used

By CBR Staff Writer

IBM announced a Shared University Research award in the form of a modern high-end server to the University of Lugano, Switzerland, to advance the design of future computer systems and apps for multi-core processors.

IBM and the University of Lugano will collaborate on research aimed to create future multi-core computer systems that are optimised in terms of performance and energy efficiency.

The new IBM Power 755 will be used to investigate how future computer systems can best be optimised as part of a three-year research collaboration with IBM Research – Zurich.

IBM Research – Zurich director Matthias Kaiserswerth said their research collaboration with University of Lugano will focus on building scalable and efficient end-to-end computing solutions to enable companies to increase their productivity while saving time and cost.

Big Blue said research collaboration will mainly focus on innovative applications, including data analytics, Web 2.0, cluster applications and apps in virtualised environments.

In the three-year project named Performance of Emerging Workloads on Multi-cores, the scientists will use performance analyses and simulations to gain insight into the application-specific dependencies in the entire stack and identify potential bottlenecks.

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Based on these investigations, the researchers will develop a methodology for dynamic performance analyses.

The IBM Power 755 rack-mounted server features IBM’s POWER7 technology and is designed to handle high performance computing apps and analytic workloads.

The IBM Shared University Research Award is a worldwide award programme designed to promote research in areas of mutual value and interest to IBM and universities.

The programme targets a wide variety of areas, ranging from life sciences, high-performance computing and energy technology, to digital data protection.

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