ARCHER2 Supercomputer coming to University of Edinburgh

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Today the University of Edinburgh announced plans to deploy ARCHER2, a £79 million national supercomputer that will be five times faster than the UK’s current capabilities.

ARCHER2 will provide UK science with an unparalleled capability to model and simulate the world around us,” said Professor Mark Parsons, EPCC Director. “This is a real vote of confidence in the University’s supercomputing centre, EPCC, which is internationally recognised for its excellence in computational science.”

The University will work with United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI) to install the high performance computing service over the next year. The new supercomputer replaces the £43m ARCHER (Academic Research Computing High End Resource) system, which is capable of more than one million billion calculations a second.

ARCHER is the UK National Supercomputing Service. The ARCHER Service is:

  • A world-class supercomputer located and run in the UK
  • An invaluable resource for researchers who study problems with a global impact
  • Part of the PRACE initiative giving leading scientific users access to a European pool of supercomputers

ARCHER2, housed at the University’s Advanced Computing Facility at Easter Bush, will be integral in aiding discoveries in medicine, climate science and aerospace. It will also build on previous British breakthroughs in targeted treatments for arthritis and HIV.

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