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Congress Approves North Dakota State University Funding

Congress has approved a $5.7 million grant for the North Dakota State University Center for High Performance Computing.  The new funds will be utilized to increase the center’s overall capacity to 25 teraflops.  The funding was included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill by North Dakota Senator Byron Dorgan.

Congress has approved more than $10 million in funding for North Dakota State University’s Center for Nanoscale Energy and Center for High Performance Computing. NDSU’s Center for Nanoscale Energy will receive $4.8 million to develop and test new nanomaterials that can help improve energy efficiency and reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources. Through the project, researchers will look for ways to produce everyday products from plant-based materials instead of petroleum and develop new materials for solar panels that will lead to increased efficiencies converting solar energy into electricity. NDSU’s Center for High Performance Computing will receive $5.7 million to boost its computing capacity. The center has increased its supercomputing power to perform 25 teraflops or 25 trillion functions per second, making NDSU’s supercomputer one of the five fastest within an eight-state radius. The funding was included in the Omnibus Appropriations bill by North Dakota senator Byron Dorgan.

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