The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the managing agent on behalf of all Research Councils for the procurement of HECToR, a new high-end computing facility for use by UK academic users. The service is due to start in October 2007 and will have an initial theoretical peak capability of 60 Tflop/s, increasing to approximately 250 Tflop/s peak in October 2009 with a further upgrade planned for October 2011.
HECToR is the latest high performance computer procured for the Research Councils in accordance with our Strategic Framework for High End Computing. HECToR benefits scientists from all areas of the UK science base ensuring that they are able to carry out cutting edge research with the best possible computer facilities and continue to remain at the forefront of research in this area across the world. Additionally it maintains the place of the UK amongst the leaders in advanced computational science and engineering.