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The goal of the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is to catalyze the computing research community to debate longer range, more audacious research challenges; to build consensus around research visions; to evolve the most promising visions toward clearly defined initiatives; and to work with the funding organizations to move challenges and visions toward funding initiatives. The purpose of this blog is to provide a more immediate, online mechanism for dissemination of visioning concepts and community discussion/debate about them.

Supercomputers are Sustainable

April 5th, 2013 / in Uncategorized / by Ann Drobnis

NWSCbuilding_medLast week, there were great advancements in Supercomputing as two new facilities were officially opened to the research community.

This week, supercomputers are making headlines for a totally different reason: The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Supercomputing Center in Wyoming has taken top prize in the 2013 Green Enterprise IT Awards.  The facility won first place in the “Facility Design Implementation” category for its sustainable approach in design and building.  This is only fitting, as the supercomputer at this facility is dedicated to Earth system science research.

“Our goal is to meet the highest standards possible for sustainability in supercomputing while advancing scientific knowledge,” says Thomas Bogdan, president of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), which manages NCAR on behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF). “The GEIT Award suggests we’re on the right track, and we are deeply gratified by this international recognition.”

The design of this supercomputing facility minimizes its environmental footprint and reduces operating costs so that more funds can be directed to the scientific work being done at the facility, rather than to overhead.  This facility is sponsored by the National Science Foundation and a collaborative partnership between local, state, and federal government entities and private industry.

Supercomputers are Sustainable