New centre keeps computers up to speed

A new University facility could help make the world’s most powerful supercomputers a thousand times faster.

The University is launching the Exascale Technology Centre as part of a broader initiative by the Cray supercomputer company to boost processing speeds.

The step-up in computing power is seen as vital for success in many fields, including product design, medicine and preventing climate change.

I am very excited about our partnership with the University. Its long and outstanding experience in the field of High Performance Computing will accelerate the success of the Exascale Research Initiative.

Peter UngaroCray President and Chief Executive

Exaflop challenge

Under Cray’s Exascale Research Initiative, researchers will attempt to make supercomputers be able to perform an Exaflop - a trillion calculations per second - within the next decade.

At present, only a Petaflop - a thousand million million calculations per second - is possible.

The new centre, jointly funded by Cray and the University, will help Cray meet the Exaflop challenge by exploring new ideas and technologies, as well as creating innovations in supercomputer hardware, software and applications.

The Exascale Technology Centre will be located at the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC), the University’s supercomputing centre.

The University has been at the forefront of supercomputing research for the past 20 years. We are are looking forward to a fruitful, long-term collaboration with Cray at the forefront of this domain.

Sir Timothy O’SheaUniversity Principal