- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) - The University of South Dakota has been awarded $200,000 to help it acquire a new campus supercomputer for scientific research.

The Research and Development Innovation grant comes from the South Dakota Board of Regents.

The university will use the award in addition to institutional and federal funds to acquire the new supercomputer. The school says the National Science Foundation recently identified such instruments as necessary for research.

The new system will provide thousands of processing units, specially optimized software and more than 1,000 times the memory of a traditional laptop.

The school’s last supercomputer was acquired in 2006.

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