The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire is officially home to the UK’s most powerful supercomputer, capable of more than a thousand trillion calculations per second.
The IBM Blue Gene/Q at The Hartree Centre, named Blue Joule, has been ranked number one in the UK, and number 13 in the world, in this year’s Top 500 list of supercomputers, which was revealed this week at the International Supercomputing Conference 2012 in Hamburg.
Blue Joule, which is on average eight times more energy efficient than most other supercomputers, forms part of STFC’s new future software research centre at Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire. The facility was announced in March this year following £37.5m investment by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) into High Performance Computing (HPC) in the UK, as part of an e-infrastructure initiative. One of the world’s leading centres in software development, the facility was formed following the start of a three year collaboration with IBM as a direct result of this investment.