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IU acquires fastest university-owned AI supercomputer


IU's new supercomputer, Big Red 200, will be kept in the university's Data Center at 2737 E. 10th St. Big Red 200 will replace Big Red II. Courtesy Photo

IU is now the owner of the fastest, university-owned supercomputer. The $9.6 million computer was purchased from Cray Inc. and was named Big Red 200 in honor of the university's bicentennial celebration in 2020, according to a university press release.

Big Red 200 is almost 300 times faster than Big Red from 15 years ago. The computer is almost six million times faster than the iPhone XS.

"There has been a huge growth in the use of AI in nearly every area of science in recent years," said IU Vice President for Research Fred Cate in the release. "Big Red 200 will bring this nationally competitive capability to Indiana University scientists and researchers and to the state."

IU received more than $185 million in grant awards In 2018 for research supported by the university's supercomputers.

Big Red 200 will replace Big Red II and be fully functioning by IU's bicentennial on Jan. 20, 2020. It will be housed in IU's Data Center located at 2737 E. 10th St.

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