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Iowa State Builds Powerful New Computer

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By Alex Schuman


Iowa State announced they have built a new computer called, "Cyence."

Twelve black towers with flickering blue lights provide the device's 38 trillion bytes of memory.

Iowa State built Cyence so their researchers would have a larger memory bank to run more numbers and calculations for their projects. It allows them to finish doing their math on a larger amount of information faster, which means they can make new discoveries more quickly.

The cost comes in at 2.6 million with 1.8 of that coming from a special grant.  

17 research projects from eight different departments will use Cyence first.  Officials at Iowa State believe the new machine could help lead to major breakthroughs in energy and transportation infrastructure designs.

This concept is going to be expanding now at Iowa State," said Arun Somani, Iowa State University.  "We are already planning our next big machine."

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