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ASU lands role in $59 million supercomputer project

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Arizona State University has teamed with the University of Texas at Austin for a five-year, $59 million grant from the National Science Foundation to build one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world.


Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at UT-Austin is the project's lead institution, assisted by ASU's Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering, Cornell University, and Sun Microsystems.

The project's goal is to deploy and support world-class high-performance systems with tremendous computing capacity and capability to enhance U.S. research programs.

The project builds on the resources of the Fulton School of Engineering's new High-Performance Computing Initiative, which has facilitated more than $22 million in research in the past year.

ASU's partnership with UT-Austin under this latest grant will enable the Computing Initiative to participate in building the supercomputer system.

The supercomputer will provide more than 100 trillion bytes of memory and 1.7 quadrillion bytes of disk storage.

Such high-performance computing is a vital tool in scientific investigation, enabling testing of theories and extensive analysis of volumes of data.

"This is a very valuable resource for the scientific community and society in general," said University of Texas President William Powers, Jr.

For more information:

"ASU researchers to help build one of the world's most powerful computing systems," ASU news release, 10/04/2006