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Windows-based supercomputer added to UK grid

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Cardiff University in Wales has added its 1000-processor supercomputer to the UK’s National Grid Service, allowing users from across the country to take advantage of its high processing speeds.

The computer, a Windows Condor Pool, will be the first of its type on the grid. It is hoped that the computer will be accessible to a greater number of users who need to run Windows-based programmes across the grid.

The computer has already been used for three years by Welsh scientists in applications such as molecular modelling and radiotherapy treatment. Cardiff University has recently opened an Advanced Research Computing Division that will manage the Condor Pool and purchase new clusters for local researchers.