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Last modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Indiana University dedicating Big Red II supercomputer April 26

April 17, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University will dedicate its new supercomputer, Big Red II, on Friday, April 26. Offering unmatched speed, Big Red II will be the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation.

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IU President Michael A. McRobbie will lead the ceremony. Brad Wheeler, vice president for information technology and chief information officer, and Paul Messina, director of science for Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, will offer additional remarks. A reception, tours and demonstrations will follow the ceremony.

WHAT: IU's dedication of the new Big Red II supercomputer

WHEN: 2 p.m. Friday, April 26

WHERE: Cyberinfrastructure Building, IU Bloomington, 2709 E. 10th St.


Reporters are welcome to cover the event. Parking will be available, but please contact us for special arrangements. An audio feed and camera positions will be accessible from the back of the room.

All members of the IU community and the general public are invited to view the event via live stream broadcasting. After the event, archived video will be available online.

IU will broadcast the live event to Indianapolis television stations via the IU Video-Link. Broadcast-quality video clips will also be available beginning Monday, April 29. (You will need to sign up for a free Box account to access the materials.)

About Big Red II

Big Red II is the fastest university-owned supercomputer in the nation, capable of operating at a peak rate of one petaFLOPS, or one thousand trillion floating-point operations per second -- 25 times faster than the university's original Big Red supercomputer, acquired in 2006.

Big Red II is the first one petaFLOPS supercomputer in the state of Indiana. Offering unmatched speed, Big Red II will help scientists and scholars accelerate breakthroughs in fields that are changing the way Hoosiers live, work, learn and grow.

With the purchase of Big Red II, IU is again a leader in the use of high-speed and data-intensive computation for some of the most vital and complex research in the world.