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What would it be like to run a boat aground on Ellis Island, hitting the Statue of Liberty at 40 knots? A new ship simulator powered by Lenovo technology is helping students at the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) experience just that, as well as other navigational challenges, without ever setting foot on a ship’s deck. As part of the curriculum for more than 800 students, the MMA incorporates lab time in the simulator into a variety of courses. We caught up with Simulator Tech Jim Sanders and User Support Manager Will Martell to learn more about how MMA students are using this amazing tool, which is propelled by a backbone of Lenovo ThinkStation E20 workstations and ThinkServer TS130 servers. Lenovo: How long has the ship simulator been around? Jim & Will: The simulator dates way back to a time when it was simply used as a basic navigation tool. Since the early 1990s it has undergone several technical updates, and the MMA simulator we use now is the 4thgeneration of its kind.  What technology powers the ship simulator? Each instructor station has about eight to 10 ThinkStation E20 Workstations powering it, as well as one TS130 server. One of the larger stations has about 12 visual channels in the form of 55-inch flat screen LED panels.  Each of the 14 student stations has two ThinkStation E20 WorkStations and three monitors--one monitor depicts a navigation panel, one shows the visual plot of the boat, and the third shows the...

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