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Purdue approves Anvil supercomputer purchase

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — The Purdue University Board of Trustees has approved the purchase of a high-performance supercomputer.

The university says Anvil, which comes from Dell Technologies Inc. (NYSE: DELL), will be funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The funding was awarded to Information Technology at Purdue’s Research Computing Team. Additional funding from the NSF will support Anvil’s operations and user support, and Purdue says the supercomputer will enter production in 2021.

The university says Anvil will provide “advanced computing capabilities to support a wide range of computational and data-intensive research, spanning from traditional high-performance computing to modern artificial intelligence applications.”

According to the university, Anvil will increase the capacity available to the NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, which serves researchers across the U.S.

Additionaly, trustees approved the university’s 10-year capital plan, which informs the 2021 to 2023 Legislative Capital Request the university provides to the state.

Trustees also approved the 2021 to 2023 budget for the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory, which aids in the prevention, control and eradication of animal diseases for the state. Purdue says it is the only veterinary diagnostic laboratory in the state, providing these services on behalf of the State Board of Animal Health. The approved budget is $3.7 million for 2021, $4 million for 2022 and $4.1 million for 2023.