NSF expands its TeraGrid computing net

The National Science Foundation's distributed-computing project known as the TeraGrid is getting a $35 million extension to a fifth high-performance computing center.

The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center will receive a high-speed connection to the TeraGrid's 40-Gbps optical network, said Dan Reed, director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications in Champaign, Ill.

NCSA, the San Diego Supercomputer Center, the Energy Department's Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois and the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena are already part of the project.

The TeraGrid, slated for completion late in 2003, will link massive computers at the five sites, bringing together total capacity of more than 20 trillion operations per second and storage of nearly 1,000T.

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