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Supercomputers from IBM used to improve jobs in Nevada

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Updated: 12/25/2012 11:45 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- A tech giant wants to help improve Nevada's economy, and it’s pumping big money into the state.

The new IBM program could be a catalyst for Nevada jobs.

These are just huge computers, but they may start an economic revolution in Nevada, according to Desert Research Institute President Stephen Wells.

“This is a transformative step because we're partners with IBM to build a trained workforce to provide innovation economic development that we haven't had, except for gaming,” Wells said.

It's what these supercomputers can do that has Nevada psyched about jump-starting the science and technology sectors.

The devices connect to DRI's 3-D laboratories.

First responders can train in them, experiencing virtual reality scenarios before facing the real dangers of their jobs.

Hydrologists can virtually experiment to see how water flows through plants.

In the long run, these computers may be the tools needed for breakthroughs in water conservation and management, useful information not just for Nevada but other parts of the world.

The partnership may bring huge improvements to Nevada's work force. Wells says this partnership may open up the flood gates, creating more jobs outside of Nevada's gaming industry.

The price tag for these computers is still in the works. For now, these cutting edge computers may be just what Nevada needs to bring major change -- positive change -- to a state that's been plagued by unemployment.

No deals have been signed. Researchers are still evaluating the computers. At this point, IBM is footing the bill for the installation and evaluation of the computers.
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