Ambuj Goyal and the Blue Gene project

Ask Dr Ambuj Goyal what was special about Deep Blue, the IBM supercomputer that in 1996 defeated the reigning chess champion Gary Kasparov, and he modestly says that it was not that sophisticated.

Goyal did not invent the Deep Blue. What he, as a member of the IBM Research team that was interested in Game Theory, did was to champion the supercomputer’s use in engaging the world chess champion.

Goyal is now working on the Blue Gene project. Its goal is to design a supercomputer that would help us understand the mechanisms behind protein folding through large-scale simulation, and explore new ideas in ‘massively parallel’ computing. This research is expected to help create drugs that are specifically designed to work for an individual’s genetic make-up.

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