The University of Utah is considering creating a new curriculum to train workers for a data centre being constructed by the National Security Agency. The 100,000sq ft data centre is due to become operational in 2013 and will consume enough energy to power a small city.
They need kind of a new generational workforce that is specialized in managing this type of centre, where they are dealing with large amounts of data," said Valerio Pascucci, an associate professor in the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute in the School of Computing at the [university]. "We are in discussion with (the NSA) about creating basically a new undergraduate track, possibly in multiple departments" to join computer science disciplines with mechanical and electrical engineering.
Source: IT Business Edge