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WTOP: High-Speed Network to Come Out of University of Illinois $53m Grant

Aug 23, 2001, 13:00 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Following a $53 million grant for the National Science Foundation, the University of Illinois' National Center for Supercomputing Applications is working in partnership with four other supercomputing centers to build a new high speed network devoted to solving the world's most advanced scientific problems.

Dan Reed, director of NCSA, said the new Distributed Terascale Facility will be 16 times faster than any available system. According to Reed it will link research institutions around the country into one central grid, known as the TeraGrid, and allow them to access archived data and conduct high speed computer simulations.

...The Distributed Terascale Facility will be based on two Linux systems currently in operation at the NCSA. Each of these systems can process data at the speed of one teraflop (trillions of calculations per second). The new system will work at the speed of 13 teraflops and according to Reed will be "the fastest network in the world for open scientific research." Reed said that such a system would be able to process the entire amount of data on the World Wide Web in a couple of hours. Only unclassified military computers would be faster."

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