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UK’s Fastest Supercomputer to Be Built in Halton

Runcorn and Widnes (04/05/12) Oliver

Ellis Daresbury Laboratory will be the site of the fastest supercomputer in the United Kingdom. The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) announced that it plans to build one of the world’s top software research centers, using the most powerful hardware from IBM. The supercomputer is expected to reach speeds of 1.4 petaflops. According to the International Center of Excellence for Computational Science and Engineering (ICE-CSE), the goal is to make high-performance computing (HPC) accessible for U.K. industry. A representative for Daresbury Laboratory says HPC can aid research and innovation, which companies need to compete effectively. The research center will provide the ability to simulate complex systems, such as mapping the human brain or modeling the earth’s climate. “The ICE-CSE is a key component of the government’s e-infrastructure initiative,” says professor John Womersley, chief executive of STFC. “It is also essential to the U.K. maintaining its position as a major innovative economy and a global scientific research leader.”

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