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Johns Hopkins, UMD to open data research center

The Baltimore Sun
July 8, 2015

The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland plan to open one of the country's largest computing centers this month.

The Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center will open with $30 million in state funding, officials said.

"It's a place where you put a very large computer that is able to solve bigger problems than scientists and researchers could solve with computers on their desktop or in their laboratories," said Maryland professor Jeffrey Hollingsworth.

The joint supercomputing center is made up of 19,000 processors and 17 petabytes — or 17 million gigabytes — of storage capacity, officials said, and will provide digital processing power to researchers from both institutions. It is roughly the size of 100 refrigerators.