Wyoming Will House One Of World's Fastest Supercomputers

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A groundbreaking ceremony will be held June 15 for a new supercomputer facility near Cheyenne.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research and its managing organization, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, announced the date Thursday.

The new center will house one of the world's fastest supercomputers for scientific research. It will be used to study climate change, air quality, severe weather, space weather and other atmospheric science topics.

The facility is expected to cost about $70 million to construct and is expected to be open in spring 2012. The project is being funded with $20 million from Wyoming state government and federal funds through the National Science Foundation.