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Multi-million awards for US universities

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The University of Florida (UF) has received an $8 million federal award and was named as one of six universities nationwide to conduct high-performance computing simulations aimed at addressing some of the world’s most complex problems.

The award from the US National Nuclear Security Administration and accompanying designation as a centre of excellence is a direct result of UF’s drive to boost its high-performance computing abilities, said David Norton, the university's vice president for research.

'It really leverages the investment the university made in high-performance computing and HiPerGator,' Norton said. 'All of that was key in getting this award. This is exactly what we need in moving toward top-10 status.'

HiPerGator, UF’s supercomputer, became operational in May 2013 and is among the fastest and most powerful in the nation.

The six universities are:

  •     University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida;
  •     Stanford University, Stanford, California;
  •     University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, Illinois;
  •     University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah;
  •     Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas; and
  •     University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana.