IBM Unplugs From U of I Supercomputer Project

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IBM Corp. on Monday dropped out of a project to build one of the world's fastest supercomputers at the University of Illinois, saying it requires too much financial and technical support.

The move leaves the university looking for someone to build the $300 million-plus Blue Waters system that it still hopes to deliver by the fall of 2012. The school's National Center for Supercomputing Applications will have just a few weeks to customize its plans to a new builder and present them to the project's primary financier, the federal government's National Science Foundation.

There is no guarantee the project that was originally expected to go online this year will continue.

IBM won't say how much money the project would have cost the company, but Monday's announcement followed several months of talks with university officials.

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