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IU Sends Innovative Technology to Antarctica to Speed Polar Research
September 22, 2008
Environmental scientists studying the world's shrinking polar ice sheets will soon get a substantial boost in computing power thanks to Indiana University's Polar Grid Project. Project partners are poised this week to deploy a collection of customized computational resources to Antarctica that will allow scientists--both on site and remotely--to more securely and efficiently process data during polar field expeditions.
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