Purdue partnership for supercomputer advances research in Colombia

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Thanks to a partnership with Purdue University, a supercomputer at a university in Colombia has helped advance scientific research.

Purdue was able to sell the hardware to Universidad EAFIT in Medellin. Technical and engineering advice was also provided.

Purdue chief information officer Gerry McCartney said there have been upgrades in research for drug discovery and disease treatment, including HIV treatment.

McCartney said the partnership has also been beneficial for students.

“We now have joint projects with them,” McCartney said. “Purdue students have competed, for example, with students from EAFIT in a number of high performance computing competitions.”

McCartney said the partnership will continue. He hopes to build similar partnerships with other schools in Colombia.