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New technology will help research preventing disease



IU is launching three new computing resources that will help scientists and engineers research preventative measures for diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cancer, according to an IU press release.

A celebration of the technology’s launch will occur at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Cyberinfrastructure Building.

“With these new systems, IU continues to provide our researchers the leading-edge computational tools needed for the scale of today’s research problems,” said Brad Wheeler, IU vice president for information technology and chief information officer, in the release. “Each of these systems is quite distinct in its purpose to meet the needs of our researchers and 
students.”

The new resources will provide cloud-based data analysis and faster processing times for large-scale computations, according to the release.

One technology, called JetStream, is a cloud-based resource that will allow researchers to collaborate as well as access files on tablets, laptops and desktop computers.

Another resource, Big Red II+, will help researchers across disciplines with faster processing. It will also be used in IU’s Grand Challenges Program, according to the release.

The Diet proof-of-concept testbed, the third resource, will be particularly helpful when it comes to drug design, social networks and national security.

“IU’s high performance computing resources are second to none,” Acharya said in the release. “They provide a distinct competitive advantage for our faculty at the School of Informatics and Computing across a wide range of research areas such as security, complex systems, intelligent systems engineering and high-performance computing.”

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