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Intel, Dell, and the University of Cambridge are today talking up Dawn, a UK supercomputer that's being deployed as you read this. Dawn, when complete and running, will be part of the British government's so-called AI Research Resource (AIRR), and was developed with investment from the govt's Research and Innovation (UKRI) …

  1. elsergiovolador Silver badge

    Heater

    Does it mean Cambridge will save money on heating this winter?

    I hope the fans won't sound like air strike siren.

    On the other hand Intel CPUs are easy to upgrade and future proof - you just have to replace the sticker stating the model and overclock a touch every other year.

    1. Arthur the cat Silver badge

      Re: Heater

      Does it mean Cambridge will save money on heating this winter?

      Strangely enough, there is a large district heating project(*) planned. I don't think it involves any big number cruncher though.

      (*) For various university buildings and Kelsey Kerridge IIRC.

  2. Andy The Hat Silver badge

    "Dawn’s project team said their machine, located at the Cambridge Open ZettaScale Lab, will take the UK closer to reaching its goal of having its own exascale system."

    And similarly, I spent all my money on a Ford Mondeo which took me one step closer to having a knackered Ferrari in a few years ...

  3. Roland6 Silver badge

    Fastest vs most powerful

    So one will be a 100m runner the other a weightlifter; I know which one I would chose to do the heavy lifting…

  4. Lurko

    A huge step forward

    But to do what, exactly?

    1. NeilPost Silver badge

      Re: A huge step forward

      Search for Brexit.Benefits.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    bubbling over with computational excitement

    You know what - I reckon it's named after Dawn French.

    It's going to generate comedy sermons for civil servants to feed ministers. The Wiki-er of Dribbly.

  6. Korev Silver badge
    Boffin

    > We'd make some kind of Sun sets joke here but it's too early in the morning

    Interestingly, Paul Calleja, who was quoted in the article, will proudly tell you about how he he ditched a load Sun E25K boxen and replaced them with a load of Dell servers and shot into the Top500 for the first time.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      > Interestingly, Paul Calleja, who was quoted in the article, will proudly tell you about how he he ditched a load Sun E25K boxen and replaced them with a load of Dell servers and shot into the Top500 for the first time.

      Funny that, given that the Top500 chart for June 2003 shows Cambridge Sun systems with entries at 199, 200 and 201.

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