EPSRC welcomes Chancellor's announcement of funding for ARCHER2 national supercomputer

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Cray technician inspects current ARCHER supercomputer

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) today welcomed the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, of £79 million funding for the next national supercomputer ARCHER2.

The supercomputer will be hundreds of thousands of times more powerful than a traditional desktop computer and will be used to run massive research simulations.

The new resource will be housed at the University of Edinburgh's Advanced Computing Facility at Easter Bush, and will be integral in aiding discoveries in many areas of research including Materials Science, Engineering, Physics and Chemistry and Climate science.

Welcoming the announcement of the funding for the project, which is being delivered and supported by a partnership between EPSRC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), as parts of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), Professor Lynn Gladden, EPSRC's Executive Chair said: This investment will provide researchers across the UK with an incredibly powerful resource to pursue the scientific investigations that will help us address many of the challenges we face. Investing in science and engineering is a long term endeavour that builds knowledge, sparks innovation and enriches a society. We are very pleased to welcome this announcement.

The new supercomputer to be installed in 2020 will replace the current ARCHER (Academic Research Computing High End Resource) system, which is capable of more than one million billion calculations a second. It was unveiled in 2013.

EPSRC will be contacting the ARCHER user community with further details shortly.

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