Science minister addresses Midlothian conference

UK Universities Minister David Willetts launches the next phase of supercomputers for UK universities - two are to be housed at Edinburgh Univ's facility on the technopole, Bush Estate, Bilston.''UK Universities Minister David Willetts chats about the benefits of HECToR.
UK Universities Minister David Willetts launches the next phase of supercomputers for UK universities - two are to be housed at Edinburgh Univ's facility on the technopole, Bush Estate, Bilston.''UK Universities Minister David Willetts chats about the benefits of HECToR.

A NEW phase of supercomputing has been launched at Edinburgh University.

David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities and Science, announced the next stage of development of two giant computers, HECToR (High-End Computing Terascale Resources) and BlueGene Q, at an event at Bush House, Midlothian.

The development marks the next chapter in the UK’s supercomputing programme, which will help UK researchers work across a spectrum of scientific challenges.

Both machines are based at the university’s Advanced Computing Facility (ACF) and are funded by four of the UK research councils.

The BlueGene/Q and HECToR facilities both have approximately the same computational performance – 800 Teraflops (800 million million million million).