IBM Donates Computers to MU
Dr. Gordon Springer, associate professor in the Department of Computer Science, wrote the grant.
"The grant will involve students in multiple departments and researchers to work together," Springer said. The grant includes 64 computers which are linked into a cluster.
"We have about 600 researchers here at the University, the systems are running between 80 and 90 percent capacity 24 hours a day, seven days a week." Springer added that of the 800 or so computers at the university, only two or three would be idle at any given time.
The project will train students in the field of informatics, which is the process of giving data context. Springer explained that the massive amounts of data collected in genetics were "no use" unless analyzed by computer systems and put into proper context.
The research from the grant could be used to create more drought-resistant corn and tailor medicine for patients with specific genetic sequences.
Springer added, "IBM is into life sciences in a very big way," and speculated the grant would help students find jobs through connections established with the company.