Coming Soon: Speediest Supercomputer Ever

Loraine Lawson

Guess who's getting a new computer? The University of Illinois - assuming the National Science Foundation goes along with the recommendation by its board.


The National Science Board recommended Wednesday that the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign be given $208 million to build what will be the world's fastest supercomputer, according to this Associated Press report on MSNBC.


Currently called Blue Waters, the new computer will be built by the university's National Center for Supercomputing Applications and IBM, which built the reigning supercomputer champ, Blue Gene/L. (Notice a theme with the Blue?)


AP reports Blue Waters will be able to perform 1,000 trillion mathematical operations a second. That means it can be used for such things as figuring out which housing developments most likely would be hit by incoming hurricanes, modeling what galaxies did in the early history of the university and little things like that.


Now, Illinois just needs a place to house it, since the current facilities don't have enough power to support the planned supercomputer. The university does have a pledge from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich that the state will give up to $60 million to build a new facility, the AP reports.

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