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SCI/TECH: Nottingham to offer 'supercomputing for all'

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posted on Apr, 8 2005 @ 08:16 AM
Nottingham University will start building what it claims is the biggest academic supercomputer, with over 1,000 processors, in Europe next week. The £1.3m supercomputer consists of 512 AMD Opteron processor-based Sun Fire V20z servers and will run at speeds of up to three teraflops. This speed is likely to put the computer in the Top500 supercomputers list.

Nottingham is thought to be the only educational institution in the UK to provide supercomputing facilities to departments such as geography, sociology and other humanities that do not normally use powerful computers, said Pearce. Over 20 departments will have access to the supercomputer.

Each university department that has signed up to the scheme will get an 8-way server that is configured like the supercomputer and which they can access directly from their desktop PCs. Pearce said the aim is to make the system as user-friendly as possible so that researchers can initially run jobs on their clone server and can then transfer them to the supercomputer if more processing power is needed.

Nottingham University officials claim that the supercomputer will allow academics to complete a year’s work in just a single day, by enabling them to carry out some calculations more than 100 times faster.

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I think that the people responsible for this waste of money should spend it on keeping some departments from closing down, such as many maths and physics departments that had to be closed down in many universities across the UK because of lack of funding earlier this year.

This is a stab in the back for many maths and physics students who had to choose other courses and ironically would have had the most use for these supercomputers.

[edit on 8/4/05 by GodAtum]


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