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Army funds supercomputing center

Stanford University will lead development of a new supercomputing center funded with $105 million from the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Army will spend $105 million over five years on a new supercomputing research center based at NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. Stanford University will lead development of the research center, with the help of engineers and scientists from NASA, Morgan State University, New Mexico State University and the University of Texas.

The goal of the new center is to test, via computer simulation, various new military applications and hardware, such as wireless communications on the battlefield, advance warning systems for biological warfare, and lighter materials for army vehicles. The research could also prove beneficial to supercomputing research itself.

"Using the most advanced high-performance computing resources, a research center of this magnitude has great potential for innovating technology," Charbel Farhat, Stanford mechanical engineering professor, said in a statement.

The grant from the U.S. Army, which began its supercomputing research center program in 1989, includes an optional renewal for another five years and $105 million of funding after 2012.