UT Adds Another Multi-Million-Dollar Supercomputer

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    AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 1: A general view of the University of Texas tower in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    The University of Texas is getting another supercomputer and the $9 million system is expected to be online by February.

    The Austin American-Statesman reported Monday that the system will be built by the Texas Advanced Computing Center.

    UT has contributed roughly a third of the cost, while the government's National Science Foundation has contributed another third. The rest comes from a group including Texas A&M and Texas Tech, plus individual research organizations.

    UT President William Powers Jr. says the collaboration is a natural partnership similar to how universities buy time on research telescopes such as the McDonald Observatory in West Texas.

    Another UT supercomputer, known as "Ranger," was dedicated in February 2008.