Alexander, Corker Praise Major Win for University of Tennessee

State Receives $60 Million to Aid Super Computing Initiative

Posted on August 10, 2007

U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Bob Corker (R-TN) today applauded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) announcement that the University of Tennessee will receive $60 million in federal grants over the next 6 years to build a world class supercomputing center for academic, scientific and engineering research. “We have a tremendous need to attract our best and brightest students and researchers to cutting-edge fields such as supercomputing research to maintain our competitive edge,” said Alexander. “This win for the University of Tennessee means more good jobs for our state. I applaud the leadership of UT President Peterson – and the continued partnership with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory – for this bold proposal to ensure that Tennessee will continue to lead the country in supercomputing.” “This announcement means that by 2009, Tennessee will be home to two of the world’s most powerful computers,” said Corker. “I’m very proud of the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory who have quickly made our state a world center for high-performance computing. The energy and materials research made possible by this grant will bring tremendous benefit to our state’s economy and American industry.” Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is currently home to the world’s fastest supercomputer focused on basic, non-classified science and engineering research. ORNL received this technology after a peer-reviewed competition in 2004 when ORNL was selected as the Leadership Computing Center for the Department of Energy. The announced NSF $60 million grant will fund a second supercomputing center at UT’s Joint Institute for Computational Science located on the ORNL campus. The University of Tennessee, working closely with ORNL, led the proposal to attain this second supercomputer. The Tennessee Congressional delegation has prioritized supercomputing research during the budget and appropriations processes during this and previous Congresses.