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Energy Dept. to unveil details on supercomputer effort

The federal agency is targeting tax day to reveal which institution the next big thing in supercomputing will call home.

The U. S. Department of Energy's Office of Science on or around April 15 will announce the winner of a competition to develop a center for creating a supercomputer that can churn more than 100 trillion calculations. Such a computer would be more powerful than NEC's Earth Simulator. Earth Simulator, which graphically represents global weather patterns, has reignited much of the supercomputer nationalism that existed back in the '80s, according to many observers.

The DOE did not state which institutions are in the running for the center, but sources indicate that the list includes various research universities.