The development of new ideas and technologies are the heart of Eastern Idaho. Significant advances over time have resulted in a series of evolutionary steps and innovative breakthroughs. Eastern Idaho’s Information Technology sector has grown exponentially. Information Technology touches every aspect of our life from development of new software and hardware, data processing, internet applications, supercomputing, data centers and cybersecurity.
Eastern Idaho’s growth in IT applications and cybersecurity has positioned the region as a top leader. With five federal programs across our region, Eastern Idaho has become a hotspot for cutting-edge research and top notch leadership and talent. For example, Idaho National Laboratory has invested in the Cybercore Integration Center to enable partnerships across federal agencies, private industry, and university partners to secure control systems from cyber threats. The Cybercore Integration Center brings together technical expertise and collaborative partnerships to focus on scalable and sustainable control systems. Cyber security solutions that protect the U.S grid, critical infrastructure, and military systems.
Also, Eastern Idaho is home to INL’s powerful new supercomputer – Sawtooth - named after one of Eastern Idaho's beautiful mountain ranges. This $19.2 million system ranked #37 in the 2019 Top 500 for fastest supercomputers in the world. The Sawtooth Supercomputer can compute complex mathematical calculations and perform advanced modeling and simulations to shorten the time to test, demonstrate, and assess performance of new nuclear technologies.
In addition, Eastern Idaho is home to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new Data Center. The $100 million data center, known as Grey Wolf, will optimize infrastructure, information and services. With the consolidation of data centers across the U.S., the FBI will operate three data centers across the U.S. – Pocatello, Idaho; Clarksburg, West Virginia and Sterling Virginia. The FBI has called Pocatello home since 1984. The new addition now totals over 140,000 square feet of space. Approximately 100,000 square feet make up the data center while the remaining 40,000 square feet will be used for new office space. The structure will allow data to be securely collected, stored, and analyzed.
With four growing institutions of higher education, students receive real-time, real-world training and work experience in collaboration with the Idaho National Lab and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to bring first-class computer science programs and degrees that contribute to the growth of IT positions in Eastern Idaho. Programs include:
Cybercore Integration Center
The Cybercore Integration Center leads in the national effort to secure critical infrastructure control systems from cyber threats. At Cybercore there are multiple research and development initiatives seeking to enhance the security and resiliency of industrial control systems. To achieve this there are seasoned threat analysts working in concert with experienced power engineers, cyber researchers, and control systems experts to develop novel comprehensive solutions. The strategic vision of the center is to “Secure global infrastructure from increasing cyber threats.” The Cybercore Integration Center also offers workshops to provide the energy sector owners and operators hands-on experience with an industrial control system during a simulated cyber-attack.
Collaborative Computing Center (C3)
The Collaborative Computing Center (C3) is a pioneering computing center that provides an environment for collaboration and opportunities that would otherwise not be possible. To be successful, computing strategies must include more than just a supercomputer, they are useless without people. It is people’s creativity, commitment, and passion that make supercomputers useful tools. The Center will “advance the computation needs of the lab while providing academia and industry with unprecedented access to high-performance computing” (HPC).
With a low-cost of doing business and access to national recognized programs and facilities, Eastern Idaho is the right place for IT companies to expand or relocate.