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UAB beefs up research capabilities supercomputer

BIRMINGHAM (AP) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham said Monday it has purchased a new, super-fast computer that will help medical researchers studying tumors and other diseases.

The machine, an IBM Blue Gene/L supercomputer, will improve the school's ability to perform computational biology and molecular simulations.

Dr. Richard Marchase, vice president for research and economic development, said the acquisition should also help UAB recruit top teachers and researchers.

IBM describes the computer as being able to perform 5.6 trillion calculations a second. The purchase price was not disclosed.

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