IBM, Texas A&M Form Computational Sciences Research Partnership; William LaFontaine Comments

big data2IBM Corp. and Texas A&M University System have partnered to perform computational sciences research on agriculture, geosciences and engineering through big data analytics and high-performance computing systems.

Goals of the research collaboration include to address requirements for extracting energy resources, managing smart grid, developing new materials, identifying and tracking diseases and monitoring food supplies worldwide, IBM said Wednesday.

William LaFontaine, vice president of high performance analytics and cognitive markets at IBM, said the partnership will also produce scientific insights for industrial applications and material economics.

IBM will supply its cloud-based computing technologies such as the Blue Gene/Q, System x server for geosciences and open source analytics, platform computing for handling various computational workloads, Power Systems infrastructure and General Parallel File System.

Those hardware and software technologies will be integrated into A&M System's research computing cloud.

Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station will also join the research initiative.

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