Featured Project: A Wrap to do Super-Science Justice

Any machine that does 10 quadrillion calculations per second deserves a world-class wrap.

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Constructed for Argonne National Laboratory‘s Argonne Leadership Computing Facility in Illinois, “Mira” is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world- capable of 10 quadrillion calculations per second. Mira can do in one day what it would take an average personal computer 20 years to do.

To wrap a computer this flashy, the company awarded the job had better come with some serious firepower of their own, and that’s exactly what Signs By Tomorrow of Plainfield, Illinois, brought to the table.

The eye-popping wrap stretches 65 feet long and features graphic circles of varying sizes designed to represent the different types of research with which the supercomputer will be assisting, including climatology, seismology and computational chemistry. The circles are connected to each other by a dotted line, and a bold, orange text treatment of “MIRA” dominates the left portion of the mural.

Scientist and artist Mark Hereld created the one-of-a-kind design that showcases the types of computational science done at the Argonne facility, while Signs By Tomorrow managed production and installation, handling technical elements such as color correction, sizing, media selection and adhesion issues. Both IBM and the Department of Energy were involved in determining what material could be used for this important job, and approved a high quality 3M adhesive-backed vinyl. 

The final wrap was printed on environmentally friendly 3M Controltac 180-10 V3 and laminated on a Seal 64 with 3M 8518 gloss laminate.


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