Lifton: Cornell University to Receive $1.2 Million for Supercomputer

March 24, 2005

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D-Tompkins/Cortland) announced that the Assembly-Senate Subcommittee on Economic Development agreed to award the Cornell Theory Center $1.2 million to help maintain its supercomputer. The subcommittee also agreed to create 12 new Empire Zones in New York State over the next four years. Currently, eleven counties, including Tompkins, do not have Empire Zones.

"Between this funding and the likelihood that Tompkins County will get an Empire Zone, the local economy got a much-needed boost this week," Lifton said. "We now need the governor to join us by approving this vital funding for our local economy and colleges."

Supercomputers are used for specialized applications that require immense amounts of mathematical calculations – such as weather forecasting. The Cornell Theory Center assists research in a number of areas, including: mathematics, finance and agriculture.

The Cornell Theory Center – which houses the university’s supercomputer – has been a pioneer in high-performance computing since 1984. The center assists more than 1,200 researchers in solving computationally-intensive and data-driven science problems.

The Assembly-Senate Subcommittee on Higher Education has also agreed to restore $3 million in capital project funding to Cornell University’s ILR Faculty Wing Restoration and $10.6 million for the Tompkins-Cortland Community College Athletic Facility Renovation/Master Plan. These funds were vetoed by the governor in last year’s budget.

This measure is the bi-partisan product of the legislative budget Subcommittee on Economic Development and now awaits final approval by the governor.