August 30, 2010
Early next year, University of Texas officials will unveil a new $9 million supercomputer at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus. A number of other state universities have already bought a ticket to ride.
Texas Tech has its own supercomputers and is maxing out their capacity, said Taylor Eighmy, Texas Tech's vice president for research.
And though the university can also get access to federal systems, having additional access to the new Lonestar is "immensely valuable to us," he said.
Supercomputers allow immensely complex computations, which require a lot of bandwidth and data storage, Eighmy said. "The ability to do these things as fast as possible is where advances happen now," he said.