Technology.am (Sept. 21, 2009) — President Obama recognized IBM and its Blue Gene family of supercomputers with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, the country’s most prestigious award given to leading innovators for technological achievement.
This is the eighth time IBM has received nation’s most prestigious tech award. President Obama will personally bestow the award at a special White House ceremony on October 7.
Blue Gene’s speed and expandability have enabled business and science to address a wide range of complex problems and make more informed decisions — not just in the life sciences, but also in astronomy, climate, simulations, modeling and many other areas.
Blue Gene systems have helped map the human genome, investigated medical therapies, safeguarded nuclear arsenals, simulated radioactive decay, replicated brain power, flown airplanes, pinpointed tumors, predicted climate trends, and identified fossil fuels — all without the time and money that would have been required to physically complete these tasks.
With the creation of Blue Gene, IBM dramatically shrank the physical size and energy needs of a computing system whose processing speed would have required a dedicated power plant capable of generating power to thousands of homes.