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As soon as the door of the freight elevator in Purdue’s math building opens, those exiting are assaulted by a blast of cold air and a pervasive hum.

It’s the sound of hundreds of cooling fans attached to bank upon bank of computers, all of which are churning away solving problems for the academics who buy space on the machines. Even in an era defined by miniaturization, these supercomputers are room-sized – the latter-day relatives of the first computers, like ENIAC.

Purdue builds fastest university-owned supercomputer

Jun 18, 2013

Purdue has confirmed its lead in the field of supercomputing by unveiling Conte (CAHN-tee), the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer.

The machine is highest-ranking campus supercomputer on the June 2013 Top500.org list of international supercomputers.

It surpasses the nation's previous fastest university-owned machine, Carter, which was built in 2011 and is still in operation at Purdue.

Conte is able to process a problem 15,000 times faster than a typical desktop or laptop computer.