HECToR, the Edinburgh-based supercomputer used by UK researchers to tackle science's more thorny mathematical problems, is having petabytes of disk and tape storage installed in a massive storage expansion. HECToR stands for the High End Computing Terra Scale Resource and has been built in several phases. It is a Cray-built 800 …
"Massive Array of Idle Disks"
This is publicly funded computing, obviously.
Wasn't that the insane robo-mech-thing in Saturn 3 ?
I prefer to think of the eponymous hero of Hector's House.
"HECToR stands for the High End Computing Terra Scale Resource" (HECTSR).
Instead of a massive storage upgrade perhaps they should have first got around to installing a spell-check.
These Terrans think their scale is high end!
Supercomputing wiring hell: HECTOR cabling.
Nah.. thats tidy, you should see my racks!
It was certainly the angry space-dust planet-enveloping mega-computer from THHGTTG that decided that destroying the entire universe would be a good move.
... gets out a copy of Crysis ..............
That's a relief
It's not just me then that gives the servers geeky Sci-Fi related names..
Now they guys sound like they know how to make things happen!
Unlike the nonsense from Doug Mueller further down the page:-
Also - wtf is “gamification”? Is it part of real life? Enquiring minds etc
Son of EMAS?
Anybody else remember EMAS? Filesystem on that was certainly not separate, nor easily portable to any other head-end.. How times have changed.
Re: Son of EMAS?
I remember EMAS and the problems I encountered connecting a BBC Micro to upload data for number crunching.
It was an REH MRC contract which paid me more for a Saturday's work than I was earning per week as a programmer for a now gone insurance company.