Supercomputing makes Middle East debut with CERT

Middle East-based ISVs and large enterprises craving 5.7 Teraflops of processing power need look no further than Abu Dhabi. The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) has launched the first ‘on demand’ supercomputing centre in the Middle East, based on IBM’s Blue Gene system.

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By  Stuart Wilson Published  December 17, 2006

Middle East-based ISVs and large enterprises craving 5.7 Teraflops of processing power need look no further than Abu Dhabi. The Centre of Excellence for Applied Research and Training (CERT) has launched the first ‘on demand’ supercomputing centre in the Middle East, based on IBM’s Blue Gene system. His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, the Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the UAE, inaugurated the centre this morning, in the presence of senior executives from CERT and IBM. “The new on demand supercomputing centre takes the region to a new level of the highly needed research and development capabilities. Major industries will witness a drastic improvement in their high performance computing capabilities,” said Dr. Tayeb A Kamali, Vice Chairman of CERT and Vice Chancellor Higher Colleges of Technology. CERT envisages using the centre to enhance the research and development capabilities of various industry sectors including oil and gas, banking and finance, life sciences and seismology. The Blue Gene system provides a huge amount of computing power equivalent to 5.7 Teraflops — some 5.7 trillion mathematical operations per second. “The launch of the centre today promises the region with more innovative methods that would impact Middle East business sectors. We anticipate that the centre will witness unprecedented levels of computing power that would speed the pace of development and help different sectors prosper their businesses,” explained Takreem El-Tohamy, general manager of IBM Middle East, Egypt and Pakistan. Partner organisations and CERT clients will benefit from the availability of the new centre. CERT is already working with a number of ISVs involved in the provision of specific applications to various industries. CERT is the commercial arm of the Higher Colleges and focuses on developing and providing education, training and technology solutions for public and private sector clients. CERT is positioning itself for an IPO to help it build on its existing education and technology activities. In 2005 CERT signed a significant telematics deal with IBM to develop the technology in the UAE.

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