Purdue University professors and technology staff accomplished something May 5 that typically takes about six weeks, reports the Journal & Courier of Lafeyette, Indiana: They installed a supercomputer. Starting at 8 a.m. and throughout the day, about 250 people worked in a "barn-raising" style to install the 814 computer nodes that make up the massive supercomputer. It occupies two rooms in the basement of the Mathematical Sciences Building. "This puts Purdue back where it needs to be, at the forefront of [supercomputing] work," said Gerry McCartney, vice president for information technology and chief information officer at Purdue. "It allows our faculty and our scholars to do more real scientific work faster." More than 25 Purdue faculty members pooled grant resources to fund the supercomputer, which cost about $2.7 million. It’s the largest collaboration of its kind at the university, where most departments oversee their own computer clusters or outsource the computing work. The new supercomputer, which is already operational, will be used for research on everything from nanotechnology to physics to climate change…

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