Voting begins for ‘Name Penn State’s Supercomputer’ contest


Supercomputer Contest

People are encouraged to vote for their favorite entry in the “Name Penn State’s Supercomputer Contest.” Voting will continue until March 8.

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— Thanks to all of the great suggestions for the “Name Our Supercomputer Contest,” the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (ICDS) will move to the second phase of its competition to re-name its supercomputer, which is currently called the Institute for Computational and Data Sciences Advanced Infrastructure, or ICDS-ACI.

The Institute received about 500 name ideas from around the world. Those selections have now been narrowed down to seven names. According to ICDS’s communication director, Liam Jackson, people will now be able to vote on the top name selections that were submitted by the public.

Penn State dedicated $60 million to support the development and maintenance of cutting-edge supercomputing — also known as high-performance computing – infrastructure in 2012. The Institute for Computational and Data Sciences (then called the Institute for CyberScience), was formed to help maintain and chart future upgrades for this supercomputing system.

The naming contest received media attention from around the university and around the web, including stories in Onward State, the Daily Collegian, and HPC Wire.

To vote for your favorite name, simply navigate here.

Voting will continue until March 8.

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