Supercomputers

Unlocking potential

6 November 2013

As part of Government's Spending Review earlier this year, the Treasury announced its intention to invest in a new High Performance Computer at the Met Office, enabling science to realise its full potential.

Funds for the upgrade will come from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) agreed capital budget of £2.2 billion in 2015-2016 and 2016-2017.

The announcement comes at a critical time in the UK's economic recovery and represents endorsement from BIS and wider government of what we do - and the potential for our science and service to help the UK to be more resilient, competitive and sustainable.

Science is in place to deliver a step change in forecasting for the nation, enabling increased prosperity, safety and well-being. Investing in a major supercomputing facility at the Met Office, targeted at multi-disciplinary collaborative environmental science, prediction and services, is the key to unlock this potential.

First indications show that the investment will be significant, enhancing supercomputing capability at the Met Office in line with the Science and Technology Committee's recommendations in its March 2012 report on 'Science at the Met Office'.

In a tough economic climate this announcement acknowledges the vital work of the Met Office in enabling protection, well being and prosperity and so provides a robust platform for our future plans.

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