$200 million in federal funds will go to build a new supercomputer in Illinois. The new Aurora supercomputer will be housed at the Argonne National Laboratory near Lemont. Its focus will be on advancing technology surrounding renewable energy, transportation, materials, and biological science. While Argonne downplayed the importance of the Aurora being the “fastest” supercomputer in the world, U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Western Springs) says that would attract attention to the project.
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“We want to strive to be better and get people engaged, beyond the community of people who are here, to get them engaged and to try to get them to understand that this is important.” The Aurora supercomputer is expected to be completed by 2018.