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Skies Clear for Troubled Machine Being Built at Illinois Center

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Science  25 Nov 2011:
Vol. 334, Issue 6059, pp. 1044
DOI: 10.1126/science.334.6059.1044

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Computer scientists breathed a sigh of relief last week when the University of Illinois announced that Cray Inc. has agreed to take over the construction of a stalled $200 million supercomputer. IBM pulled out of the National Science Foundation–funded project in August after running into problems developing networking technology that shares data between the machine's hundreds of thousands of processors. Cray plans to conquer that challenge using its own proprietary network, released last year.