NSF Announces gigantic supercomputers

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NSF has formalized the announcements that were leaked on the internet last week and reported in the New York Times.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) will get $208M over the next 4.5 years to build a petascale machine named “Blue Waters.” The vendor wasn’t announced in the release but it seems likely that it is IBM as reported in the NYT piece, given the name.

And the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Joint Institute for Computational Science (JICS) will get $65M over 5 years to build the Track 2 machine. The UT project includes partners at Oak Ridge (as was rumored), as well as TACC and NCAR.

No word at this time on what machines are proposed.


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