St. Louis, Missouri
NCSA Petascale Computing Facility – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This state-of-the-art computing facility provides a secure and efficient operating environment for the fastest computer in the world, known as Blue Waters.
Clayco served as construction manager for this 90,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art computing facility, which provides a secure and efficient operating environment for the fastest computer in the world, known as Blue Waters. The supercomputer has the processing power of the current top 500 supercomputers in the world and will be able to perform quadrillions of calculations every second.
The Petascale Computing Facility accommodates 10,000-square-feet of office space for more than 50 staff members and includes command and system administration centers. It also features a 20,000-square-foot machine room with a six-foot raised floor large enough to house Blue Waters and other systems, as well as provide space for future growth of the technology infrastructure.
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), located at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, provides powerful computers and expert support. This computing power will enable scientists at universities and research centers across the United States to make extraordinary leaps in knowledge and scientific discovery, predicting the structure of complex biological systems, designing new materials atom by atom, predicting climate and ecosystem changes, and improving intricate engineering systems such as chemical plants and airplanes.