More than 1,000 sophisticated computer processing units soon will be connected at five U.S. locations, including Indiana University (IU), creating a supercomputing network that will aid research requiring enormous data processing capacity for modeling and analyzing climate systems.

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


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