Calculations done in the blink of an eye

Edinburgh University's new ARCHER supercomputer
Edinburgh University's new ARCHER supercomputer

A new Midlothian-based supercomputer is hoping to hit its target with its speed in carrying out complex calculations.

Edinburgh University’s £43 million ARCHER system will provide high performance computing support for UK research and industry projects.

The machine, which is capable of more than 1 million billion calculations a second, is more than three times faster that the HECTOR supercomputer system, which it replaces.

ARCHER will help scientists carry out complex calculations in areas such as simulating the Earth’s climate, airflow around an aircraft, and designing new materials.

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