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Computer Center Expansion Announced

The Massachusetts Green High Performance Computing Center that opened in Holyoke four years ago is expanding.

    An expansion that will cost $1.6 million will increase computing capacity and storage, but will not involve constructing new buildings, according to Wednesday’s announcement.

The center, which was jointly developed by the state’s top research universities and computer companies, has grown to support more than 10,000 users. 

It anchors Holyoke’s Innovation District, as was noted by Baker administration economic development chief Jay Ash during a tour last year.

"When we can introduce our partners from higher ed. and bring in the business community it forms a very powerful partnership that allows for us to project out even further beyond Holyoke to talk about all the good things happening here," said Ash.

The computing center was built in Holyoke because of access to relatively inexpensive hydropower.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.