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January 14, 2008 4:28 PM

Cray built U.K.'s fastest supercomputer

Posted by Brier Dudley

The University of Edinburgh today unveiled the 63-teraflop XT4 system that's a centerpiece of its project Hector (high-end computing terascale resource) that will provide supercomputing for U.K. academic researchers.

Hector's getting two more Cray systems, including an X2 later this year and in 2009, the first XT5h "integrated hybrid supercomputer,'' according to Cray's announcement.

The Guardian did a nice walk-through story a few weeks ago, noting among other things that Hector's capacity is 3,200 times that of a 160-gigabyte iPod.

Also noted is the changing costs of the system. Building Hector was cheaper than expected, but its operating costs are higher than expected because of electricity costs, the Guardian story said.

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