Cardiff University is opening the doors to its new Advanced Research Computing [ARCCA] facility today. ARCCA will focus on assisting researchers at the university will projects in medical imaging, neuroscience, radiotherapy, computational geoscience, astrophysics, fluid dynamics, molecular simulation and mathematics.
The new high performance computing facility will house £2.9 million worth of gear delivered from Bull Information Systems. The SRIF-3 supercomputer is reportedly the first major hpc installation in a UK university to use Intel Quad-core silicon. As an added bonus, the system is installed in 10 water-cooled racks fed by three water tanks. It will reportedly save the university £30,000 a year versus a comparable air-cooled system. The 20 teraflop system was funded via a grant from the Science Research Infrastructure Fund [SRIF] from the Higher Education Council Wales.
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[CORRECTION: Our statement "The SRIF-3 supercomputer is reportedly the first major hpc installation in a UK university to use Intel Quad-core silicon" relied on reporting based on the original version of Bull's press release, which was incorrect. An SGI ICE system deployed at Exeter last fall was an earlier quad core installation. See our comments on the correction here.]