Oct 15, 2012 4:24 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Blisteringly fast Wyoming supercomputer put to work

CHEYENNE, Wyoming (AP) - One of the world's fastest computers has gone to work for science on the high plains of Wyoming.

National Science Foundation Director Subra Suresh and Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead took part in a ribbon-cutting Monday for the machine named Yellowstone. The IBM supercomputer on the outskirts of Cheyenne already has begun crunching numbers for several large-scale scientific modeling projects.

The computer is so fast that a person with a pocket calculator would need almost 50 million years to complete as many computations as Yellowstone can run in one second.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research supercomputer ranks among the world's 20 fastest supercomputers. It's believed to be the world's fastest machine dedicated to earth sciences.

Wyoming officials say they hope the project will lure more high-tech jobs to their state.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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