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New supercomputer 'Viking' launches

Posted on 21 January 2019

Researchers can now make use of the University’s new £2.5 million high-powered computing (HPC) cluster.

As part of an investment in providing cutting-edge computing facilities for research, the University is proud to launch Viking: a new HPC cluster offering a significant performance boost over the previous facility, YARCC. With Viking’s launch, we hope to support our researchers in achieving new heights of excellence and ensure that the University’s research output continues to be world-class.

You can find out the quick specifications for Viking here.

There will be an official launch event for Viking on Thursday 14 February, where attendees can enjoy talks from Professor Sophia Ananiadou of the University of Manchester, Professor Carla Molteni of King’s College London, and a representative from This will be followed by a drinks reception. With a range of disciplines represented at the event, we hope to encourage all researchers - not just those in traditionally HPC-oriented fields - to consider how Viking could help in their research.

Book your free ticket for the launch event.

An introduction course on Viking is also now open for bookings, with a choice of three dates. This course is a ‘show and tell’ session intended for staff who are already familiar with HPC systems, which will cover how Viking is configured and how to use it. Find out how to book your session.