After long delays, construction to start on NCAR-Wyoming facility

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The University of Wyoming web site carried news last week that construction is scheduled to start on the $530M NCAR-Wyoming supercomputing project. The facility, which is estimated to cost $70M, is  expected to begin operating a $25M-$35M NSF-funded super in 2012. insideHPC started covering this adventure in 2007 — in the intervening years the project has been threatened by budget cuts, contentious NSF reviews, intervention by a governor, and a whole box of other bureaucratic calamities.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and its managing organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), announced today that they will break ground to construct a supercomputing center at a ceremony scheduled Tuesday, June 15, at 10:30 a.m. The new center will house one of the world’s fastest supercomputers for scientific research.

…Located in Cheyenne, Wyo., the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC) will provide advanced computing services to scientists across the nation in a broad range of disciplines, including weather, climate, oceanography, air pollution, space weather, computational science, energy production and carbon sequestration. It will also house a premier data storage and archival facility that will hold, among other scientific data, unique historical climate records.