NM's Supercomputer Could Be Split Up

New Mexico's $11 million supercomputer could end up being parceled out to three of the state's research universities.  The University of New Mexico wants 10 of the computing racks. New Mexico State University wants four, and New Mexico Tech wants two.

Unless someone offers to the buy the whole machine, state Information Technology Secretary Darryl Ackley says the universities are proposing to cannibalize it and put some of the assets back into service.

Ackley says there were a number of inquiries to buy the machine but none panned out because of the expense of running it.

The machine — dubbed "Encanto" — is made up of 28 racks of processors. Each rack has 500 processors, making it capable of running 172 trillion calculations per second.

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