23 September 2009


From eCampus News: Indiana University chosen to lead in the development of software that will connect high-powered supercomputers nationwide
IT researchers at IU were chosen to head a four-year, $15 million project to design software that will allow supercomputers to connect and use massive processing that isn't available to researchers today. The National Science Foundation will fund two-thirds of the project, known as FutureGrid. The remaining $5 million will be provided by outside project partners.
Indiana officials said the construction of a supercomputer grid also will be a boon for researchers and students on campuses that share the I-Light network, which has provided high-speed internet connections for businesses, government agencies, and Indiana schools such as Ball State University and Purdue University since 1999.
Researchers and investigators from the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California San Diego, the University of Chicago/Argonne National Labs, the University of Florida, the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and the University of Virginia also will help develop the network.
FutureGrid is expected to be operational by next spring.
Sounds good, doesn't it? This will aid in research on climate change, will allow for tremendous amounts of data processing. Why, then, do I have the urge to worry that it could become a "Forbin Project"?

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