Who’s a Clever Little (big) HECToR?

HectorWith the power of 12,000 desktop PCs it’s the fastet puter in the UK and one of the most powerful in Europe and it is called………………………HECToR! 

HECToR, which stands for High-End Computing Terascale Resource, was made by the U.S. manufacturer Cray Inc and is capable of making 63 million calculations every second and is housed in 60 wardrobe-sized cabinets in the University of Edinburgh’s advanced computing centre at a cost of £113 million.

HECToR will enable us to do research that we simply could not do in any other way,” said Jane Nicholson, of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the public body which acts as the project’s managing agent.

We want to push forward the boundaries of knowledge.

Scientists working in fields ranging from cosmology and atomic physics to disaster simulation and healthcare will also use the computer.

 Not exactly a UMPC then :0P