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Press Release 08-054

NSF Advances TeraGrid Computing Capacity with $65 Million Grant to Build Kraken

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Illustration of an  enormous mythical sea monster, namesake of the Kraken Supercomputer.

The Kraken Supercomputer is named after the mythical sea monsters Kraken. This legendary sea monsters are said to have been seen off the coast of Norway and Iceland. According to sailors' reports, Kraken were creatures of enormous size, who would attack a ship, wrap their arms around the hull and capsize it. The legendary Kraken is probably what we know today as the giant squid.

Credit: Pierre Denys de Montfort


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Illustration of an  enormous mythical sea monster wrapping its arms around a ship.

According to sailors' reports, Kraken were gargantuan sea monsters.

Credit: Pierre Denys de Montfort


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