Friday 16 November 2007
Pete Oliver led a team (Claire Devereux, Katie Weeks, Nick Hill and Gillian Sinclair (Manchester)) to showcase UK e-Science activities at SC07 in Reno, Nevada.
Supercomputing represents the leading edge of the information technology world and covers a diverse range of topics including using graphics cards to accelerate computations and developing a carbon neutral machine room. Over 600 people visited the United Kingdom Pavilion during the 4 days of the exhibition to see demonstrations including NGS JSDL Application Repository, Job Submission and Data Transfer Portal/Portlet and AstroGrid, the UK's Virtual Observatory. In the list of the worldâ€™s top 500 supercomputers announced at the conference, the UK has 48 entries, of which, the new research council Cray HECToR hosted at the University of Edinburgh entered the rankings at number 17, while HPCx hosted by STFC at the Daresbury Laboratory nearing the end of its life, has fallen to 101. However, the experimental IBM BlueGene/P machine hosted by STFC at Daresbury has already entered the list at 121.
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