back to article UK splurges £20m on six regional HPC centres

A UK government research council is spending £20m to build six regional high-performance computing (HPC) centres. The Engineering and Physics Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) oversees a three-tier HPC structure and is building out the second tier. The top and most powerful tier is the ARCHER supercomputer, a Cray XC30 …

  1. Flakk

    ARCHER Supercomputer

    Danger Zone!

    1. Roland6 Silver badge

      Re: ARCHER Supercomputer

      Located at Brookfield Farm, Ambridge?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Cirrus Specs

    Are publicly available here: and

    Upgraded from the original 56 nodes to 280 and 406TB disk (up from 112TB).

  3. Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese

    The Midlands Plus system will have 65.5TB of RAM on the x86 system, 5 x 20-core POWER 2.86 GHz nodes with 1TB RAM/node, EDR Infiniband, 1PB GPFS file system and a 10 TB SSD-based filestore

    Give me a file editor, a C compiler and about 20 minutes, and I reckon I could still have an application that mis-uses and/or leaks enough resources to bring that bad boy to its knees.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Hmm. You may be correct, but is that a reflection of competence or incompetence on your part?

      When I look at the bloatware that clags up clients, servers, and standalone devices the world over, I can't help thinking that Hanlon's razor applies.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    When you look at the size of some of these machines then realise that an old bank employer had a 25,000 core grid compute facility it puts it into perspective just how much money they were throwing at a problem and what it could have done with spare compute cycles.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Glad and Sad

    Glad the secretaries who run the IT dept. at my employer have nothing to do with this.

    Sad that the rest of us have nothing to do with this.

    Good luck to Loughborough et al.

    Anon because colleagues...

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