IBM is joining forces with the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy, or ASTRON, to build computers that will decipher huge quantities of astronomical data. The long-term project will explore "exascale" computing technologies capable of analyzing more data in a single day than is produced daily by the entire World Wide Web, to work with a powerful new radio telescope -- the Square Kilometer Array. Researchers say the tools will help shed light on the origins of the universe.

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