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Darkstrand adds New Mexico to supercomputing network

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Darkstrand has added the New Mexico Computing Applications Center (NMCAC) to the facilities that can be accessed via the former's high-speed fibre optic network. NMCAC currently hosts the 12th fastest supercomputer in the world, according to the latest Top500 list, known as Encanto.

This alliance opens a virtual gateway for corporate America to the vast supercomputing resources and expertise that NMCAC holds. Corporations with connectivity to the Darkstrand fibre optic network will now have the power to drive innovative, HPC initiatives in real-time collaboration with NMCAC supercomputer and its affiliated institutions. 

'The state of New Mexico and NMCAC are on the forefront of an economic development explosion,' said Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico. 'By bringing together New Mexico's scientific talent, the power of Encanto, and this advanced networking technology we are creating a new model of innovation that can bring sources of revenue to New Mexico from companies, not only within our state borders, but throughout the world.' 

'Darkstrand was created to liberate innovation in American corporations by leveraging the technology and minds of academia that can connect ideas with computing capability,' said Michael Stein, CEO and founder of Darkstrand. 'This partnership with NMCAC further extends the reach of our network, giving companies the unleashed power and speed they need to solve workflow problems using high-performance computing tools.' In the coming months, Darkstrand and NMCAC will work on a joint implementation plan that creates a seamless corporate path from discovery to commercialisation. Darkstrand and NMCAC will also work with the state of New Mexico on public sector initiatives like education and healthcare, with the goal of extending the state’s reach into all geographic areas for access to information and critical services.  

In addition to direct access to the NMCAC, the Darkstrand partnership will connect companies with NMCAC-affiliate research institutions, including Los Alamos National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University and New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. Encanto, the NMCAC and its affiliates will connect directly to the Darkstrand Network, which is currently upgrading its backbone to 40 Gig speed.