The announcement was made as part of Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Statement. It will replace the current supercomputer, the £43m Archer system which was first unveiled in 2013 and is capable of more than one million billion calculations a second.
Supercomputers are used across many sectors...Making sure the UK is at the forefront of that is critical...Paul Clark, Director of High Performance Computing Systems, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre
The new model, Archer2, will be five times quicker than the UK's current capabilities. While much of technology gets increasingly smaller with time, the current Archer has its own room at the Advanced Computing Facility at Easter Bush.
It has been housed in the Edinburgh University facility for over a decade. The room is also filled with noise as thousands of servers process complex problems amid a drone of cooling fans. At one point it was in the top 20 most powerful computers in the world.
The new Archer2 will elevate the UK's position, ensuring the UK is once again at the cutting edge of supercomputing capability. Supercomputers are capable of analysing huge amounts of data and can deal with multiple requests at a time...