Originally announced in June 2009, the project aims to create a world-class, green, high-performance computing center in downtown Holyoke. The MGHPCC facility will provide state-of-the-art computational infrastructure in support of breakthroughs in science, thereby supporting the research missions of the participating institutions, strengthening partnerships with industry, and allowing Massachusetts to attract and retain the very best scientists to fuel the state’s innovation economy.
Joining Hockfield and Patrick at the groundbreaking ceremony were MIT Vice President for Research and Associate Provost Claude Canizares and Christopher Hill, a principal research scientist in MIT's Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences who is co-chair (with Jim Kurose of the University of Massachusetts) of the MGHPCC Research and Education subcommittee. Also present were Holyoke Mayor Elaine Pluta, University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson, Northeastern University President Joseph Aoun, EMC CEO Joe Tucci, Cisco Executive Vice President Bruce Klein, and representatives from Harvard University and Boston University.
Other members of the MIT community who attended the event included Marilyn Smith, Mark Silis and Taeminn Song of IS&T and Mike Kearns of Facilities.