NSF plows $150 million into TeraGrid operations

The National Science Foundation has earmarked $150 million to continue to operate and enhance the TeraGrid, a grid network for U.S. researchers and educators. The funding for the Extensible Terascale Facility, the official name of TeraGrid, will be spread out over the next five years, according to the agency.

The University of Chicago will receive approximately $48 million to manage the various aspects of TeraGrid, including architecture, software integration, operations and user support. Most of the remaining money will be distributed among the network's eight resource provider sites.

Built over the last four years, the TeraGrid is a network of high-performance computers, data resources and tools, all operating under the grid protocols. The grid software allows researchers to tap into computing power from remote facilities. Operation of the grid also allows NSF researchers to further the state of the art of grid technologies themselves.

'TeraGrid unites the science and engineering communit[ies] so that larger, more complex scientific questions can be answered. Solving these larger challenges will, in turn, motivate the development of the next generation of cyberinfrastructure,' said NSF director Arden L. Bement in a statement.

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