Campus discounts offered on Thursdays
The Campustown Business Group kicked off the second annual Thirteen Thursdays campaign on May 27. The program is a cooperative summer marketing program among Campustown retailers.
Campustown retailers participate in the campaign by offering unique discounts and promotions on Thursdays throughout the summer, ending Aug. 19.
This year, the group has included the businesses located in the Krannert Center District in the east campus area. This includes Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, which will host its Krannert Uncorked and Unplugged events Thursdays beginning at 5 p.m.
A complete list of participating businesses will be posted on the CBG website at www.cucampustown.com.
New facility hosts open house June 17
The new state-of-the-art National Petascale Computing Facility will host an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. June 17. Tours will be offered to teach visitors more about the building’s energy-efficient features and about Blue Waters, which will be the most powerful supercomputer in the world when it comes online in 2011.
The 88,000-square-foot facility is located at the corner of Oak Street and St. Mary’s Road. Its 20,000-square-foot raised floor data center will house the Blue Waters sustained-petaflop supercomputer and other computing, networking, and data systems, while the remainder of the building provides space for 40 staff members.
Blue Waters will be used by dozens of scientists and engineers at Illinois and across the country to better understand tornadoes, earthquakes, the spread of pandemic diseases, the evolution of the universe and other challenging research questions. As with NCSA’s current supercomputers, access to Blue Waters will be free for academic researchers. It is being built with $208 million in support from the National Science Foundation after a competitive grant process.
More information is available at www.ncsa.illinois.edu.