IBM is to extend its big data research and development operations with the opening of a new high performance computing centre.
IBM's latest facility will be built in New Jersey and will house a BlueGene/P supercomputer and run in tandem with Rutgers University.
IBM said that the system will also be made available for commercial use.
According to the university, future plans for the system could lead the facility to be home to one of the most powerful academic supercomputing operations in the country.
The system will provide businesses with a facility for analysing and processing large-scale data loads.
While big data systems have been viewed as a valuable source for analytics applications, building and managing large-scale databases also carries hefty hardware and power requirements.
"The application of analytics to 'big data' has quickly emerged as the new foundry of the 21st century economy," said IBM North America general manager, Phil Guido.
"IBM firmly believes that public-private collaboration and research can be critical in ensuring our workforce is equipped and empowered with next generation skills like analytics."
Initially, the company said that it plans to use the system for typical big data and high performance computing applications such as medical imaging and environmental modelling.
Later applications of the system could include analysis for manufacturing systems and industrial technologies.
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