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High-performance computing center planned for Danville

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Noblis Inc., a Falls Church-based nonprofit science and technology organization, plans to join forces with supercomputing giant Cray Inc. in setting up a high-performance computing center in Danville.

Noblis and Seattle-based Cray will invest $2.5 million to establish the Center for Applied High Performance Computing (CAHPC). State officials said the center will purchase the first Cray XMT
supercomputer used in the U.S. outside of a federal laboratory or a university. It will be used to solve complex problems requiring access to large amounts of data.

The project is expected to create 15 jobs and help Danville attract other high-technology companies. The center will be located in the city’s River District.

“This kind of high-performance technology research center is truly transformational for the City of Danville and the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Gov. Bob McDonnell said in a statement. “As the
only non-federal lab or university to house a next-generation Cray XMT, CAHPC will enable businesses in the public and private sector to solve very complex national problems.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with Danville officials to secure the project with the help of a $1 million grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund and a $3 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission.

The mission of the center includes:
• Promoting development of high-performance applications to solve problems of national importance.
• Maintaining U.S. business competitiveness and creating high-tech jobs.
• Helping small businesses innovate using high-performance computing.
• Training a new generation of developers to create high-performance computing applications.

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