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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 …

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"Massive Array of Idle Disks"

This is publicly funded computing, obviously.

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Hector?

Wasn't that the insane robo-mech-thing in Saturn 3 ?

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Re: Hector?

I prefer to think of the eponymous hero of Hector's House.

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"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.

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These Terrans think their scale is high end!

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Supercomputing wiring hell: HECTOR cabling.

Nah.. thats tidy, you should see my racks!

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Maybe

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.

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OK

... gets out a copy of Crysis ..............

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That's a relief

It's not just me then that gives the servers geeky Sci-Fi related names..

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Now they guys sound like they know how to make things happen!

Unlike the nonsense from Doug Mueller further down the page:-

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/27/it-departments-are-teenagers/

Also - wtf is “gamification”? Is it part of real life? Enquiring minds etc

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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.

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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.

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