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Opening a World-Class Supercomputing Center
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* CCNI Grand Opening
CCNI features a 4,300-square-foot machine room with 16 IBM Blue Gene supercomputers, each boasting 2,000 processors.
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Opportunities and Partnerships

The CCNI is the result of a $100 million partnership involving Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, IBM, and New York state.

Up to 300 high technology jobs are expected to be created directly as a result of the establishment of CCNI. Along with expanding the intellectual vibrancy of New York’s Capital Region, the supercomputing center also is expected to attract dozens of new computation-based startup companies, along with small, medium, and large corporations, which could add to the number of high-paying technology jobs in the region. But the opportunities don’t end there.

“This new supercomputing center will provide unprecedented opportunities for the Rensselaer community, the Capital Region, the United States, and indeed the entire world,” said Jackson. “It is an extraordinary example of collaboration among academia, industry, and government to advance discovery and innovation. I am grateful for the shared vision of our partners as we work together to explore new frontiers in supercomputing.”

Kelly agrees. "High-performance computing is playing a growing role in our nation’s competitiveness. The Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations will provide the leadership supercomputing resources required to compete in the global marketplace. CCNI also stands as stellar example of university, government and industry partnership that should serve as a model for delivering supercomputing resources to other regions of the nation and the world. RPI is the ideal technological university to begin this next wave of innovation.”

CCNI is designed to continue advancing semiconductor technology to the nanoscale, while also enabling key nanotechnology innovations in the fields of energy, biotechnology, new materials, arts, and medicine. CCNI will provide a platform for researchers to perform a broad range of computational simulations, from the interactions between atoms and molecules up to the behavior of the complete device. The center will be an important resource for companies of any size — from start-ups to established firms — to perform research that would be impossible without both the computing power and the expert researchers at CCNI.

It is the seventh most powerful supercomputer in the world, according to the 29th edition of the Top500 list.

CCNI photos by Daria Robbins ’03, Web Producer.

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