Studying these cells could lead to new treatments for diseases ranging from gastrointestinal disease to diabetes.
MIT will receive $5.6 million in equipment and service over the next three years as part of Intel Corp.'s Technology for Education 2000 program.
"The grant will have a major impact on educational and research computing within MIT and on the use of Pentium-based machines in these activities," said Dean Robert A. Brown of the School of Engineering, principal investigator on the grant.
The award resulted from a proposal to bring Intel computer technology into a number of educational and research projects at MIT. These include educational initiatives in mechanical, chemical, and civil and environmental engineering, and aeronautics and astronautics, which will focus on the use of Intel-based machines in undergraduate and graduate education.
A major effort will focus on design education in the School of Architecture and on the Media Laboratory. Machines also were awarded for the establishment of a large cluster of Pentium-based machines for use in parallel computing research in the Laboratory for Computer Science as well as machines for computational engineering and science for individual investigators in science, engineering and the Sloan School, and for research in the Media Laboratory.
The program will also place Intel-based machines into Athena clusters.
Intel's three-year, $85 million Technology for Education 2000 program is designed to support university research and curriculum development and place personal computers, workstations, servers and networking hardware based on Intel architecture in key research universities throughout the United States. Last February, Intel awarded a $500,000 equipment grant to MIT's Microsystems Technologies Laboratories.
A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on August 27, 1997.