Firms to access supercomputer

SCOTTISH companies are being given access to a supercomputer at Edinburgh University as part of a £1.2 million scheme launched by Scottish Enterprise.

Firms of all sizes will be able to use time on the “Hector” machine for modelling and simulations relating to product design.

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Mark Parsons, executive director of Edinburgh’s computer centre, said: “Throughout our 21-year history, we have always sought to increase the number of Scottish companies using our supercomputers. This initiative will help us to do just that.

“High-performance computing can be a key enabler of economic growth and Scottish companies should share in the benefits.”

Edinburgh’s computing centre has previously worked with businesses ranging from US networks giant Cisco and engine maker Rolls-Royce through to smaller firms based in Scotland, such as DEM Solutions and OHM Surveys.