The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) just began construction on a new supercomputer data center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Scientists plan to use the facility to track and research climate change.
The data center will contain 24,000 square feet of raised floor area and cost $70 million USD. The supercomputer to be installed inside the building is expected to be one of the top-25 fastest in the world upon completion and will cost $25- $35 million.
NCAR is also seeking LEED gold certification for the data center, which is designed to obtain 10% of its electricity from wind energy. Wyoming, the least populous state in the United States, is hoping to make a name for itself in the data center industry.