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Collaboration Between UW and IBM Will Use Donated Computer Time to Tackle Rice Crisis

May 15, 2008

rice plant As concerns of a global hunger crisis mount, the University of Washington and IBM have launched a new program to develop stronger strains of rice that could produce crops with larger and more nutritious yields. With the processing power of 167 teraflops, equivalent to one of the top three supercomputers in the world, IBM's World Community Grid will harness the unused and donated power from nearly one million individual PCs for "Nutritious Rice for the World." Full Story

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