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Supercomputer Project Moves Forward in Wyoming

By Wyoming Business Report

April 13, 2009

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Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed a bill to contribute approximately $40 million to the National Center for Atmospheric Research's new supercomputer project. The legislation represents the last piece of funding from the state and the University of Wyoming (UW) for the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC), and means that construction could start in December and the center could open in the summer of 2011. "This facility will give us the tools . . . to compete internationally in critical science and research," says University of Wyoming president Tom Buchanan (pictured).

The National Science Foundation will cover most of the cost of the estimated $530 million project, including a $60 million building to house the research supercomputers, in addition to the cost of the computers and upgrades and maintenance during a 20-year span.

NWSC will be located near Cheyenne and will be used for weather forecasting and to solve climate and other atmospheric and geoscience problems. "Our goal is to build a world-class scientific supercomputing facility that does not compromise on energy efficiency or sustainability, and that is adaptable to the ever-changing landscape of high-performance computing," the federal research laboratory says on its Web site.

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