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UT Will Build New Supercomputer with Dell and Intel

Photo by Caleb Bryant Miller for KUT News.
UT, Dell and the National Science Foundation are working together to build a new supercomputer, to be named "Stampede."

By January 2013, the University of Texas at Austin will be the host of a new world-class supercomputer as part of a National Science Foundation grant. "Stampede" will be built in a partnership between the Texas Advanced Computing Center, Dell, and Intel and kept at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus - home of another NSF-funded high-performance computer system, Ranger.

Intended to be the most powerful system in the NSF's eXtreme Digital (XD) program, this new system will have ample comprehensive computing and visualization capabilities necessary to support over 1,000 scientific and engineering research projects. Climate modeling, exploration and production of new energy sources, and drug research are a few subjects anticipated for use by Stampede.

The NSF is funding the TACC $27 million upfront with $50 million to invest over the next four years. In 2017 Stampede will have the opportunity to be funded for an additional four years.