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Supercomputer maker Cray's business softened in the first quarter of 2011 because of international government-budget issues, but it did have a bit of good news to lessen the disappointment of investors thanks to a Scottish super named for a Trojan warrior. In the quarter that ended this March 31, Cray had a ridiculously easy …

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WTF?

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What on earth are people using these machines for - I would have thought a University could build a suitablly specified machine in these times of austerity... the US Army strung a lot of PS3s together...

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This is what...

http://www.hector.ac.uk/casestudies/

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WTF?

Fair enough

The author could have included some details or a URL, why the downvote ?

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Scottish?

"a Scottish super"

-> No, it is an American (Cray) supercomputer

"Scotland's Hector supercomputer"

-> HECToR is a UK national supercomputer service, not just for Scotland - the supercomputers just happen to be based near Edinburgh

"what the University of Edinburgh is planning to do"

-> Actually, the HECToR service as a whole is "owned" and managed by EPSRC on behalf of Research Councils UK. It is EPSRC/RCUK who plan/decide the upgrades - albeit in collaboration with Edinburgh University and other partners.

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Misnomer

Wasn't Hector one of the Heavy Water reactors used in Winfrith? Ah the glory frontier days of British atomic experiments.

Just checking for an isotope or three.

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