Saudi univ, IBM to build superfast supercomputer

Saudi Arabia’s
upcoming King Abdullah University for Science and Technology
(KAUST)
has announced it will build one of the world’s fastest and most
powerful supercomputers in collaboration with IBM.

The
joint project will build and conduct research on the most complex,
high-performance computing (HPC) system in the region and among
academic institutions in the world, according to a KAUST statement.

To
be named Shaheen, the new system will serve the university’s scientific
researchers across dozens of disciplines, advance new innovations in
computational sciences, and contribute to the further development of a
knowledge-based society in Saudi Arabia.

Shaheen is the Arabic name for the Peregrine falcon which can fly at speeds of up to 342 km per hour.

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