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Hispanic IT Students Get Boost From Latin American Grid, IBM Awards

IBM is investing in the Latin American Grid initiative, a cooperative research effort that helps stimulate local economies and prepare students for IT leadership positions. Hispanics currently represent 4% of U.S. computer science graduates.

"The strong partnership between IBM and academia will play an important role in creating jobs, driving innovative technology into the marketplace and stimulating Florida's economy," Pete Martinez, vice president of IBM Business Consulting Services said Friday through a prepared statement.

The Shared University Research program provides equipment to higher education institutions to facilitate research projects in the architecture of business and processes, privacy and security, supply chain management, information based medicine, deep computing, Grid Computing, Autonomic Computing, storage solutions and other areas of mutual interest. More than 50 awards are distributed worldwide each year.

For LA Grid, IBM has donated BladeCenter equipment with attached fiber channel storage for the universities in Florida and Puerto Rico to seed the technology infrastructure. The equipment includes a chassis, six dual processor Intel Xeon-based blade servers, two dual processor POWER-based blade servers, an integrated fiber channel switch option and fiber channel storage.

IBM is also providing middleware and infrastructure software including free licensing of its Load Leveler software, WebSphere and DB2 Universal Database.

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