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Massachusetts Schools Team Up for Supercomputer Center

 Associated Press (10/09/11) Stephen Singer

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computer Center (MGHPCC) aims to capitalize on the huge boost in the amount of computer power available for academic research.  Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts formed the venture to improve academic research in protein structure, fluid flows, the dynamics of the earth’s atmosphere, human social interaction, the evolution of the galaxy, and other issues.  Each university invested $10 million in the project.  The MGHPCC also received $25 million from the state of Massachusetts and $2.5 million from both EMC Corp. and Cisco Systems.  The center is designed to appeal to companies and other businesses looking to establish a high-tech presence in western Massachusetts.  It also helps meet a growing a demand for more powerful computers to do wider-ranging research, says Thom Dunning, director of the National Center for Supercomputing at the University of Illinois.  “The driver is the complexity of scientific problems we’re encountering,” Dunning says.  Only about a dozen employees will work at the 90,000-square-foot building, as most of the research will be performed remotely from university campuses.

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