NASDAQ listed firm to do expansion work
The most powerful computer in Scotland is getting an upgrade.
American firm Cray has signed a contract with the University of Edinburgh HPCX to improve the existing XE6 supercomputer located in the Scottish capital.
The expansion will provide high performance computing for users of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, which manages the High-End Computing Terascale Resource (HECToR) project.
An additional 10 cabinets will be added to the current 20 while all processors are being upgraded to the new AMD Opteron 6200 Series.
Professor Arthur Trew, director of UoE HPCX, said: "The contracted upgrade of HECToR will provide UK scientists with the world's most advanced high performance computing technologies, which supports our efforts in establishing world-class facilities for research and innovation in the UK.
"The HECToR project continues to assemble the computational resources necessary for breakthrough research in a broad range of disciplines."
Dr. Ulla Thiel, Cray vice president for Europe, said: "We are very pleased that UoE HPCX has made the decision to upgrade its Cray XE6 supercomputer, which will provide HECToR users with the ability to address more complex scientific challenges.
"Upgrading the HECToR system will also provide important continuity, allowing researchers to maintain their focus on pushing the frontiers of science."
HECToR is used by scientists and researchers across the UK to look at problems ranging from how a heart beats to recreating the way a dinosaur walked.
The upgrading work is expected to be completed later this year.
The £60 million computer, around the size of a tennis court, can do 63 trillion calculations a second and has processing power equivalent to more than 12,000 desktop PCs.