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Unique data warehousing system almost ready
Contact: Scott Maier, Senior Editor 381-3639
Posted: 08/10/2000
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Jesse Ward, sitting, and Tom Bahl of NCR Corp. install a donated NCR WorldMark massively parallel computer system August 9 at the UTPA Center for Manufacturing. UTPA was one of six colleges and universities chosen by Wal-Mart Stores and NCR Corp. to receive the donation, which is designed to help students gain practical experience in data warehouse technology. The two companies also are providing training, consultation and enabling software utilities for the system, valued at approximately $7 million. Equipped with approximately 1.7 terabytes of storage, the system can store 425 million pages of text. Pearl Brazier, chair of the Department of Computer Science, credited the University's administration and Drs. Xiannong Meng and Richard Fowler, two professors in Computer Science, for achieving the donation. The system, which will enhance the University's already strong Computer Science and Computer Information Systems programs, is expected to be operational by month's end.