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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina State University has won a $60 million federal contract to partner with the National Security Agency on a new center dedicated to researching the challenges of collecting, sorting and storing massive amounts of computer data.

Chancellor Randy Woodson announced the deal Thursday. It is by far the largest research contract ever awarded to the state-supported university located in Raleigh.

The new Laboratory for Analytic Sciences will be located on N.C. State’s Centennial Campus. Many details of the university’s collaboration with the spy agency are being kept secret. But the university says the lab will create at least 100 new jobs and is intended to bring together some of the brightest minds from government, academia and industry to work at the new advanced data innovation hub.

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