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Big Red II is among the resources IU will make available to the new $320 million Digital Lab for Manufacturing

Indiana University has been named a partner in creating the Chicago-based $320 million Digital Lab for Manufacturing recently announced by President Barack Obama.

IU President Michael A. McRobbie said the nation's new flagship research institute for digital manufacturing and design innovation would benefit from a variety of IU's strengths, including its leadership in cyberinfrastructure and data architecture development, high-performance and cloud computing, cybersecurity and the university's long history of successful industrial partnerships.

"Indiana University is proud to be a part of the creation of the new Digital Lab for Manufacturing being designed specifically to transform and reinvigorate U.S. manufacturing, create new jobs and spur future innovation," McRobbie said. "Our expertise in a wide range of areas will enable IU to enhance the Digital Lab as it changes America's economic landscape through the creation of a new digital manufacturing ecosystem."

IU’s partnership with Digital Lab will leverage faculty and laboratories from the School of Informatics and Computing at the IU Bloomington and Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campuses, the School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, personnel and assets within IU’s University Information Technology Services, and access to IU’s high-performance computing resources, including the Big Red II supercomputer.

The Digital Lab will apply mobile, cloud and high-performance computing technologies to manufacturing challenges recognized by the Department of Defense and industry, and it is in these areas that IU can be expected to provide support. IU’s research supercomputer Big Red II will be made available to Digital Lab, as will cloud computing research expertise and technologies, cyberinfrastructure and cybersecurity expertise, as well as software development for large-scale, decentralized systems like Digital Lab.

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