The University of Auckland has announced it will buy another supercomputer, this time an IBM Regatta system for its bioengineering team, the department of molecular medicine and theoretical chemistry research unit.
The university recently spent $2 million on a SGI Onyx 3400 supercomputer for high level animation work, including such things as modelling human organs like the heart (see Auckland Uni buys supercomputer for new projects). That purchase was made following a $25 million deal with Boston company Life FX - the university helps develop Life FX's Facemail application which uses virtual characters to read email out loud to recipients. The IBM Regatta will be used in conjunction with the SGI Onyx 3400.
The latest purchase will allow the bioengineering team to create a "virtual body" as part of its collaboration with Physiome Science, a US-based company that uses the university's virtual models in drug research.
Physiome has signed a deal with IBM Global Services and it is this partnership that has lead the university to buy the Regatta system.
No price has been announced for the purchase. The university will take delivery of the system at the end of the year.