Purdue’s Hewlett-Packard supercomputing cluster is ranked No. 102 in the world by Top500.org, a web site that publishes a twice-yearly list of the most powerful “commercially available” computing systems, according to the site.

Other American educational institutions that cracked the top 500 include the University of Tennessee’s National Institute for Computational Sciences at No. 4, the University of Colorado, which ranked No. 31, the University of Minnesota’s Supercomputing Institute at No. 77, and 236th-ranked Northwestern University.

Shuey said Purdue’s IT officials would make the supercomputing code available to other colleges, universities, and corporations locked in a constant battle to keep computer temperatures from skyrocketing during the warmest months of the year. The code will be available on FolioDirect.net, according to a Purdue University announcement.

“I can’t speculate if it’ll catch on [in higher education], but we’ve found it very useful,” he said.