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Supercomputer to Anchor New Univ. of Nebraska at Omaha Computing Center

A supercomputer expected to be among the 50 most powerful in
the world will anchor a new computing center at the University
of Nebraska at Omaha.

Construction has begun on the $4.5 million project and was
expected to be completed by September. The Holland
Computing Center
will be on the first floor of the Peter Kiewit Institute on UNO’s
South Campus, said Winnie Callahan, the institute director.

The money comes from donations most of it from Omaha
philanthropist Richard Holland and the rest from corporate partnerships.

She said Tuesday that several companies were looking at
moving to Omaha, in part because of
a chance to use the computing center. She wouldn’t name them but said several
partnerships with businesses inside and outside Omaha
would be announced in the next few months.

“For Joe Q. Public, who wouldn’t necessarily be
involved in the work here, the economic development part of this matters to
him,” Callahan said. “This has an impact on the state, on the ability
of the city of Omaha to prosper.

“It’s going to bring a whole lot of money into this
state, I can tell you that.”

Holland is a
retired advertising executive who had invested early in Warren Buffett’s
Berkshire Hathaway. Holland and his
late wife, Mary, were big donors to the $90 million concert hall in downtown Omaha,
which was named the Holland Performing Arts Center.

Information from: Omaha World-Herald,

– Associated Press

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