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Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center's ribbon-cutting ceremony held on November 16

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray joined university leaders and technology executives in November to cut the ribbon on the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center (MGHPCC). The new Center will keep Massachusetts at the forefront of the innovation economy by enabling collaborative research on some of the biggest challenges facing engineering, science and society.

"Our investments in education, innovation and infrastructure have come together to support the creation of the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center here in Holyoke," says Governor Patrick. "This landmark project is a testament to what is possible when government, academia and business work together, and it will serve as an economic development model for the state and the nation for generations to come." The MGHPCC will anchor the new Holyoke Innovation District while setting a new standard for data center sustainability. The Computing Center has the capacity for 10,000 high-end computers and expansion capabilities in the building for an additional 10,000 computers.

The facility, which was built on time and is expected to come in under budget, was developed and will be operated by Boston University, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and the University of Massachusetts. Additional funding was provided by the Federal New Markets Tax Credit Program, EMC Corporation and Cisco Systems.

"The University of Massachusetts is excited to be part of the most significant public-private-industry partnership in the Commonwealth's history," says UMass President Robert L. Caret. "The MGHPCC advances our commitment to western Massachusetts and to research that furthers the state's economic interests. We are proud to celebrate this accomplishment and to move forward with the economic and R&D collaborations this project has already begun to inspire."

"Innovation is vital to the growth of our state and national economy," says Jeff Nick, EMC's Senior Vice President and CTO for Corporate Strategy. "The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center is a testament to the state's commitment to promote collaboration and innovation with industry and university partners. With an initial focus on cloud, big data and security, EMC is excited to see the groundbreaking research that will continue to propel the industry forward. EMC offers our congratulations on this game-changing facility."

"The MGHPCC will harness the power of collaboration to drive forward the innovation agenda in Massachusetts," says Larry Payne, area vice president, State, Local Government and Education for Cisco. "The facility will utilize new breakthroughs in technology to support the next wave of research and strengthen our regional science, technology and innovation leadership."

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, UMass President Robert Caret, and other officials participated in the Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center's ribbon-cutting ceremony on November 16 in Holyoke.

Press from the ribbon-cutting ceremony:

See MassLive story on MGHPCC's ribbon-cutting ceremony, http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/holyoke_high_performance_compu_4.html

http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/11/holyoke_marks_grand_opening_of_massachusetts_green_high_performance_computing_center.html

http://www.necn.com/11/16/12/Supercomputer-center-opens-in-Holyoke-Ma/landing_business.html?blockID=802933&feedID=11106

http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2012/11/12/daily54-High-performance-computing-center-opens-for-business.html

http://www.wggb.com/2012/11/16/ribbon-cutting-ceremony-for-holyokes-computing-center/

The MGHPCC is a ground breaking collaboration of five of the state's most research-intensive universities (Boston University, Harvard University, MIT, UMass, and Northeastern University), state government and private industry (Cisco and EMC) -- the most significant collaboration among government, industry and public and private universities in the history of the Commonwealth, and the first facility in the nation of its kind. More on MGHPCC at http://www.mghpcc.org/.