Academics buy killer kit

The UK will soon be home to the fifth most powerful computer in the world.

The UK will soon be home to the fifth most powerful computer in the world.

The Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils, which handles the computing requirements of the UK's academic researchers, will take delivery of the IBM Power 4-based machine at its Cheshire facility in November.

The six-year, £53m deal includes two refreshes to boost power from an initial 6.7 teraflops (6.7 trillion floating point operations per second) to 22 teraflops in four years' time.

At installation the machine will be five times more powerful than the UK's current academic supercomputer and equal to the fifth most powerful in the world.

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