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Kraken Passes Formal Acceptance, Ready for Science
March 3, 2009
The world's fastest academic supercomputer is now up and running. Kraken, a Cray XT5 system located at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) and managed by the University of Tennessee (UT) and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), promises to push the limits of simulation science.
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