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Video: Blue Waters Time-lapse Construction Plus Launch Ceremony

Our Video Sunday feature continues with this time-lapse movie of the construction of NCSA’s Blue Waters supercomputer and the National Petascale Computing Facility. NCSA launched Blue Waters this week in an official dedication ceremony.

The 683,000-pound computer has a sustained speed of more than 1 petaflop and is capable of performing more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second. It is built with more than 235 Cray XE6 cabinets and more than 30 cabinets of the Cray XK6 supercomputer with NVIDIA Tesla GPU computing capability, all housed in the National Petascale Computing Facility off Oak Street in Champaign.

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Listen to the Blue Waters launch ceremony in the audio player above * Read the Full Story * Download the MP3

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