Climate change “supercomputers” are getting a chunk of a multi-million pound fund pledged by the Government to improve the country’s “e-infrastructure”.
E-infrastructure refers to data storage, faster networks and large, high-performance supercomputers.
David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science said that the scheme, which is giving £158million to UK scientists and businesses, was proof the government was looking beyond a “roads and railways” view of infrastructure.
Mr Willetts said: “We should not think of infrastructure as just roads and railways – it’s also the networks and systems that underpin our world-leading science and research base. This ambitious and forward-looking programme of investment will be vital for businesses and universities alike.”
Out of this pot, £19million has been allotted for specialist supercomputers in areas such as climate change, weather forecasting, particle physics and astronomy.