Paul Wood from the Central Illinois News-Gazette reports that trouble began to surface in the NCSA Blue Waters deal as far back as December 2010.
More than three dozen changes, most suggested by IBM, would have delayed the Blue Waters project by a year, the University of Illinois argued in documents obtained by The News-Gazette. The requested changes caused friction as early as December 2010, eight months before IBM pulled out, leaving the project to look for a new vendor for the supercomputer.
Our insideHPC sources say that unless a new vendor for Blue Waters can be locked in the next few weeks, the funding for this project will be sucked back into the NSF. Read the Full Story.