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New Supercomputers Boost Imaging Grunt.

ZDNet Australia (02/08/11) Colin Ho

IBM recently announced that the Australian Synchrotron and Monash University has purchased two supercomputers, to be use in collaboration with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Victorian Government, to create a near real-time atomic-level imaging and visualization facility. The supercomputers will enable researchers to study objects at an atomic level, create three-dimensional images, and process large amounts of data collected by the program. The joint Monash-CSIRO program, called the Multi-modal Australian ScienceS Imaging and Visualisation Environment (MASSIVE) facility, will study a variety of topics, ranging from biology to geology. “The unique nature of these facilities is the focus on imaging and visualization,” says Monash University’s Wojtek Goscinski. The merger of atomic-level detail and semi-real-time analysis makes MASSIVE an important move forward for scientific research, says Australian Synchrotron director Andrew Peele.

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