Originally appeared in August 24, 2002 Knoxville News-Sentinel
Oak Ridge bureau
Ground broken on $10 million ORNL facility
OAK RIDGE - Gov. Don Sundquist and a slew of dignitaries turned
out Thursday for groundbreaking ceremonies for new state-sponsored research
facilities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences and the Oak Ridge Center for
Advanced Studies will share a $10 million, 52,000-square-foot facility now
under construction on ORNL's main campus.
The institute will be managed by the lab and the University of Tennessee.
The project is part of an overall $26 million investment by the state for
new facilities at ORNL, a commitment made three years ago when the University
of Tennessee submitted a winning proposal to manage the federal laboratory
in conjunction with Battelle.
"Without technology, we're going to fall behind," Sundquist said
at Thursday's event.
The joint institute will promote computational resources in Oak Ridge and
help researchers at UT and other institutions make better use of the high-performance
machines available there.
ORNL recently signed an agreement with Cray Corp. to pursue development of
the world's fastest supercomputer.
The Center for Advanced Studies will be a think-tank that is expected to
bring together scientists and educators from around the country and the world.
These experts will address technical challenges and issues of the day.
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