To the untrained eye, it looks like a sports hall half filled with neatly arranged burgundy Ikea storage units.
The key for the story is the news that the service will be officially opened by the UK’s Chancellor Alistair darling later this month. In a neat twist, Darling is both the local MP for the region hosting the supercomputer, and also ultimately responsible for the government’s £113M bill for the system.
The article also notes that although the Cray supercomputer itself cost £5.6m less than the £65m capital budget, the HECToR annual running costs have jumped from the £5.4m budget to £8.2m. This is attributed to the doubling of electricity prices in the UK since the planning stages.