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Submission + - NCSA Blue Waters ready to go (

mblase writes: The Blue Waters supercomputer will be officially opened for business this Thursday at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (known to Slashdotters as the birthplace of the original Mosaic web browser and the fictional HAL-9000). At a maximum speed of 11.6 petaflops, plus a 300-petabyte storage system, it will (probably) be the third-fastest supercomputer in the world. It almost wasn't completed when IBM pulled out halfway through the project, but persistence paid off. According to NCSA, the machine has already been performing useful research in biochemistry, meteorology, earth science, and more running at just 15% capacity.

Submission + - NCSA Launches Blue Waters Supercomputer (

Beorytis writes: The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has set Thursday March 28 as the official launch of its 1 petaflop sustained performance Blue Waters supercomputer. Previous drama surrounding Blue Waters involved IBM's departure from the project which was taken on by Cray for $188 million. Thursday's date is ceremonial as the system is already operational for several projects.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.