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IBM breaks patent record


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- IBM is breaking its own records. he company announced it set a new U.S. patent record in 2011. This marks the 19th consecutive year that IBM has led the annual list of patent recipients.

500 patents were issued to inventors at Rochester's IBMcontributing to the record breaking 6,180 U-S patents earned by IBM in 2011.

Three world record holding supercomputers have been developed and manufactured at Rochester's IBM and a fourth record could be in sight this year with Blue Gene Q.

Program Director for Blue Gene Supercomputer System Software Mike Good says, "These are the kind of things that will predict weather, these are the kind of things that will find the next little bit of oil in the ground, these are the kind of things that will extract natural gas out of the ground when we didn't think there was anything left. Those are the kind of problems these computers solve."

Rochester's IBM is in the process of developing and shipping IBM's 20-Petaflop Sequoia Supercomputer, which consists of 96 racks. It will be installed at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory later this year.

Senior Software Engineer James Carey says, "I really enjoy the synergy of the teams, the willingness to talk about new ideas, to explore these difficult problems and try to come up with the best possible solution."

Software developer Charles Archer has been called one of the unsung heroes of technology as part of the Blue Gene supercomputer team.

Software developer Charles Archer says, "We've worked on Blue Gene for quite a number of years now and the scientific community is very abuzz with positive reviews of Blue Gene."

There's a number of key patents with IBM's Blue Gene supercomputer.

Software Developer for Blue Gene Michael Blocksome says, "I didn't really get involved with the patent process until I came to work on Blue Gene so it really is a benefit to work in this area."

An area with an unsuspecting amount of master inventors.


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