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The UK government is buying an IBM Blue Gene/Q supercomputer and iDataplex [PDF] servers, with DDN storage, to use in its Daresbury laboratory. The lab is used for developing software for next-generation supercomputers, presumably the exascale thingies needed for chewing through Really Big Data. The funding and authorisation …


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  1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

    But will it run Crysis?

    Mine is the one with the MPI manual in the pocket

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    But at 100,000 times normal speed; so it will be "game over" as your finger lifts off the key to start the game.

    1. Michael H.F. Wilkinson

      Re: Yes

      quite likely

  3. Ged T

    ... 1,000,000 iPads or ....

    about 0.21 % the surface area of Wales - BBC News units of measure

    1,000,000 iPads = 44.79084 Sq Km

    Wales = 20779 Sq Km

    1. Bob Dunlop

      Re: ... 1,000,000 iPads or ....

      Uhm someone slipped a decimal point ? That would be 44.79084 square meters per pad ?

  4. Michael Kean

    Difficulty increase?

    I guess there's a chance that the difficulty level in BitCoin mining could escalate if some geek / nerd figures out how to get this machine to mine in its spare time!

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The tower

    What do you reckon the boffins get up to in that futuristic looking tower at the top of the photo?

    I reckon its where they spend all their time dropping slices of toast to see if they land butter side down.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: The tower

      I suspect it's for power shower research...

    2. John Smith 19 Gold badge

      Re: The tower

      IIRC Daresbury is a particle physics laboratory and the tower is part of a Van Der Graf Generator.

  6. ravenviz Silver badge

    Re: equivalent to 1 million iPads

    How many ZX81's is that?

  7. John Smith 19 Gold badge

    Worlds most expensive CASE tool?

    Just asking.

  8. maccy

    probably useful ...

    ... for reading all those emails so we can catch all them pedos and terrorists.

  9. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    1 million iPads, what's that in sheep?

    1. andreas koch

      Don't know in sheep,

      but in sheeple: 1,000,000. One per one.

  10. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    it's so they can see how many pedos and terrorists visit

    1. andreas koch

      @AC 2230h

      Coward. Obviously.

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