Ohio will build a new supercomputer for research, education

Several high school students who were visiting the Ohio Supercomputer Center.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Millions of Ohioans tap into the Ohio Academic Research Network every day to download content, send email messages, and transfer files for research.

The state supercomputer center requires high performance power and is now planning a massive upgrade.

During the coming year at Ohio State, a new supercomputer five times more powerful than the center’s current fastest system will be added at a cost of $12 million. It will be capable of performing up to an astounding 1,000 trillion calculations per second.

Researchers use the system, which is only accessible to Ohioans. For instance, after the deadly April earthquakes in Nepal, Ohio State researchers contacted the Ohio Supercomputer Center to do studies of satellite data. They used the data to understand where the earthquake caused landslide damage. Weather modeling also uses supercomputer power.

The supercomputer center is seeking public input in naming the new supercomputer for an Ohio pioneer. Current and past systems recognize John Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Annie Oakley and Ruby Dee.

Some high school students offered Thomas Edison, or the Wright brothers.

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