Work Begins On One Of World's Biggest Supercomputers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Site work has begun for a supercomputing facility west of Cheyenne that will contain one of the world's most powerful computers.

A groundbreaking ceremony is planned Tuesday.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research and its managing organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, are leading the project.

The center will be used to study climate change, air quality, severe weather, space weather and other science topics. Opening is set for spring 2012.

The facility is expected to cost about $70 million, including $20 million from Wyoming state government. Other funding is coming through the National Science Foundation.