November 14, 2011 – Cray Inc. will take the place left by IBM in the development of a one-petaflop supercomputer for the National Science Foundation’s Blue Waters project at the University of Illinois’ National Center of Supercomputing Applications (NCSA).
NCSA finalized the $188 million, multi-year contract with Cray on Monday, with expectations to stay on track with the originally scheduled deployment in 2012. The Blue Waters supercomputer will focus on scalability and resilience of algorithms and applications, the use of solution accelerators, and simultaneous use of computational components with different characteristics to “move the state of computational science into the petascale era,” according to an NCSA news release. The Blue Waters massive information prowess is expected to be harnessed for research in areas such as nanotechnology, natural disasters, and the evolution of the universe.
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