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IBM gets national technology medal for Rochester supercomputers

IBM’s Rochester plant will be honored next month in Washington, D.C., when President Obama presents the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for the company’s Blue Gene family of supercomputers.

President Obama will present the medal at an Oct. 7 White House ceremony, says the Rochester Post-Bulletin.

Blue Gene is largely designed and manufactured at IBM’s Rochester plant.

A company spokesman calls the supercomputer “the world’s fastest, most energy efficient computer — one that is helping to solve humanity’s most stubborn challenges in science, medicine, mathematics, astronomy, defense, finance, and other crucial disciplines.”

The company said the computer also has: mapped the human genome, investigated medical therapies, safeguarded nuclear arsenals, simulated radioactive decay, simulated brain power, flown airplanes, pinpointed tumors, imagined financial scenarios, predicted weather and climate trends and identified fossil fuels.

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