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The new University of Southampton supercomputer, which will go live in January 2010, will enable students in the school's Institute for Complex Systems Simulation (ICSS) to run a battery of tests and simulations that have never been possible before. The new supercomputer will be one of the fastest in the world, capable of more than 74 trillion calculations per second, and was built using IBM iDataPlex server technology. Students plan to conduct simulations in synthetic biology, transportation and power networks, and glaciation and oceanic processes.

"We want to help students tackle modeling problems with relevance to the real social world," says Southampton professor Seth Bullock, director of the ICSS. Other students are expected to research the socio-economic modeling of business, finance, and society.

Bullock also says bionanotechnology researchers will need supercomputer technology to study the construction of molecular machines and how drugs interact with living systems. "The Southampton supercomputer will enable us to build and explore new models of these kinds of complex systems," he says.

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