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An artist's depiction of the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. The center will be designed with the highest level of efficiency possible, both for the electrical and mechanical facilities and for the office spaces and multi-use areas. (Image courtesy H+L Architecture.)
Site plan for the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center. (Image courtesy H+L Architecture.)
The NWSC is the result of a partnership between University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the State of Wyoming, the University of Wyoming, Cheyenne LEADS, Wyoming Business Council, Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power Company. The NWSC is operated by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation.
A modern smartphone is far more powerful than NCAR’s first supercomputer, known as the Cray-1A, acquired in 1977. Each replacement machine has been many times more powerful than its predecessor. Computer technology usually doubles in power about every 18 months, a rate of growth known as Moore’s Law.