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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 …


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  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "Massive Array of Idle Disks"

    This is publicly funded computing, obviously.

  2. g e


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

    1. Christine Hedley

      Re: Hector?

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

  3. Bill Fresher

    "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.

    1. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

      These Terrans think their scale is high end!


  4. K Silver badge

    Supercomputing wiring hell: HECTOR cabling.

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

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    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.

  6. Purlieu


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

  7. jon 72

    That's a relief

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

  8. Mr Young

    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

  9. Disgruntled of TW

    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.

    1. PCar

      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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