CHAMPAIGN — IBM returned $30 million to the University of Illinois Wednesday afternoon, a week after it pulled out of the Blue Waters supercomputer project.
John Melchi, a senior associate director at the National Center for
Supercomputing Applications, said the money has been transferred to the
university, as expected.
"It's per our plan. IBM was here uninstalling the three racks (of
Power7 servers) that we discussed. Everything is being returned," he
IBM ended its relationship with the Blue Waters project as a prime supplier of the water-cooled supercomputer effective Aug. 6.
NCSA said it still expects to meet its revised timeline of fall 2012
with another vendor. Tech blogs have frequently mentioned Cray Inc. as a
possible supplier. Cray has said it is capable of providing equipment,
but would not comment on deadlines.
UPDATE: Read more about how the relationship between the University and IBM deteriorated in the months before the end of the project, based on documentsand emails from the University at http://www.news-gazette.com/news/education/2011-09-25/behind-parting-ibm-and-blue-waters.html
Read more about the IBM decision and follow-up at http://www.news-gazette.com/news/technology/2011-08-17/ibm-returns-30-million-ui-over-blue-waters.html
Read more about how the University has a long history of leadership in large-scale computing at http://cs.illinois.edu/csillinois/history
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