Climate change ‘supercomputers’ get £19m from government

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, […]

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By Vicky Ellis

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.