IBM presented North Carolina Central University with a blade computer cluster as well as middleware software as part of a Shared University Research (SUR) award on Friday.

IBM has provided some $1 million in SUA awards to Triangle universities this year. North Carolina schools have also received access to middleware that IBM values at $13 million as part of its Academic Initiative program.

NCCU will use its computer cluster and middleware for several projects, including “Pathways to Cyberinfrastructure” to help teachers better utilize advanced technology, a collaborative grid project for information exchange with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, and a data management and web services integration project with the Duke Center for Human Genetics.