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New supercomputing center to be built

June 3, 2010 at 4:41 PM   |   Comments

BOULDER, Colo., June 3 (UPI) -- The National Center for Atmospheric Research says it intends to break ground for a center that will house one of the world's fastest supercomputers.

NCAR and its managing organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, said the groundbreaking ceremony will be held June 15 in Cheyenne, Wyo.

"The NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center will provide advanced computing services to scientists across the nation in a broad range of disciplines, including weather, climate, oceanography, air pollution, space weather, computational science, energy production and carbon sequestration," officials said in a statement. "It will also house a premier data storage and archival facility that will hold, among other scientific data, unique historical climate records."

The center is a partnership of NCAR, the National Science Foundation, the University of Wyoming, the state of Wyoming, the Cheyenne-Laramie County Corp. for Economic Development, the Wyoming Business Council, and Cheyenne Light, Fuel and Power.

The new supercomputing center, to be operational by early 2012, is expected to cost about $70 million to construct, officials said. The supercomputer, with a budget estimate of $35 million, is to be acquired through open competition during the next couple of years.

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