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The NWSC is the result of a partnership between the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), the State of Wyoming, the University of Wyoming, Cheyenne LEADS, Wyoming Business Council, and 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.
The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research promotes partnership in a collaborative community dedicated to understanding the atmosphere and the interconnected processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor to the Sun's core. UCAR serves as a hub for research, education, and public outreach for the atmospheric and Earth system science community, and manages NCAR and the UCAR Office of Programs on behalf of the National Science Foundation and the university community.
The State of Wyoming and the Office of the Governor have worked closely with the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the development of the supercomputing project. "This is exactly the type of economic development effort that will allow Wyoming to build our intellectual capital and become a world-class player in the high-tech arena," former Gov. Freudenthal said. "I thank the Wyoming Legislature for its ongoing support of this project." The supercomputer is anticipated to function as a driver for economic diversity, for the enhancement of energy research and as a tool to attract top students, researchers and faculty to the University of Wyoming in Laramie.
With nearly a century and a quarter of achievement behind it, the University of Wyoming has built a reputation for academics, research and outreach across Wyoming and across the world. UW is poised to usher in a new era of accomplishment, with new enterprises such as the School of Energy Resources, and investments in recruiting top faculty and researchers to add to UW's already impressive academic roster.
Cheyenne LEADS is the economic development entity for Cheyenne and Laramie County, Wyoming. Cheyenne LEADS, a member-supported private non-profit corporation, serves as a vehicle where the business community and city and county government come together to bring jobs and economic opportunity to Laramie County, Wyoming. Through private contributions and local governmental grants, Cheyenne LEADS has developed two business parks for the expressed purpose of creating jobs and diversifying the local economy. LEADS is extraordinarily pleased to utilize these resources to accommodate the University of Wyoming and NCAR's partnership for a supercomputing center and pledges the full support of the Cheyenne community to help these institutions expand their missions in the service of science and education.
The economic and community development arm of Wyoming state government was created in 1998 to facilitate the economic growth of the state. The Business Council provides assistance to existing Wyoming companies and start-ups; helps communities meet their development and diversification needs; and recruits new firms and industries targeted to complement the state's assets. The Business Council delivers many programs at the grassroots level through Regional Offices with active local participation.
Cheyenne Light, Fuel & Power Company, a subsidiary of Black Hills Corporation, serves 37,400 electric customers and 33,200 natural gas customers in the greater Cheyenne, Wyo., area. Black Hills Corp. - a diversified energy company - is based in Rapid City, S.D. The company serves 750,000 utility customers in seven states. The company's non-regulated businesses generate wholesale electricity, produce natural gas, oil and coal, and market energy.
As a national center, NCAR collaborates with partnering institutions to conduct world-class research in areas vital to society. NCAR and university scientists work together on research topics in atmospheric chemistry, climate, cloud physics and storms, weather hazards to aviation, and interactions between the Sun and Earth. The center also provides the university science and teaching community with the tools, facilities, and support required to perform innovative research. Through NCAR, scientists gain access to high-performance computational and observational facilities, such as supercomputers, aircraft and radar – resources researchers need to improve human understanding of atmospheric and Earth system processes.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America's colleges and universities. In many fields such as mathematics, computer science and the social sciences, NSF is the major source of federal backing.
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.