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Noblis, Cray to Open High-Performance Computing Center in Va.

Noblis will soon bring its expertise in the areas of science, technology and strategy organization to the mother state. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Sunday the nonprofit will partner with supercomputing leader Cray to establish the Center for Applied High Performance Computing in Danville, Va. The center is designed to train younger developers using high-performance computing to create sustainable high-tech jobs and increase the U.S.’ status within the global market.

The center is being developed with the goal of serving as a world-class facility for high-performance computing that will develop and commercialize applications requiring graph analytics for the benefit of the U.S. Its immediate goal, to host the first next-generation Cray XMT supercomputer in the U.S. outside of a federal laboratory or academic facility, will allow the center to use the computer to solve complex problems requiring large amounts of data.

“The center will provide unprecedented access to supercomputing in the private sector,” said H. Gilbert Miller, corporate vice president & chief technology officer at Noblis. “By making this technology accessible to researchers and small businesses, we hope to accelerate the development of high-performance applications and push the boundaries of supercomputing in ways that will help solve problems of national importance.”

The center hopes to see an influx of high-tech business to the Danville area to help heal the economy and will create 15 new jobs upon its establishment.

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