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Purdue builds fastest university-owned supercomputer

Purdue has confirmed its lead in the field of supercomputing by unveiling Conte (CAHN-tee), the nation's fastest university-owned supercomputer.

The machine is highest-ranking campus supercomputer on the June 2013 Top500.org list of international supercomputers.

It surpasses the nation's previous fastest university-owned machine, Carter, which was built in 2011 and is still in operation at Purdue.

Conte is able to process a problem 15,000 times faster than a typical desktop or laptop computer.

It was built at a cost of $4.6 million.

Two-million of that comes from faculty members contributing a portion of their federal research funding through the university's "community cluster" program.

This is the third straight year Purdue has built the fastest college-owned supercomputer in the nation.