Aerospace giant BAE Systems has installed new supercomputers at its Warton site in a bid to save £500,000 a year in running costs.
The supercomputers from Sun Microsystems, installed to replace elderly PCs, each have more than 100 times the capacity of a top of the range modern PC.
The powerful new machines can run many more tasks, much more quickly than the elderly computers they replaced. They also allow BAE to cut down the amount of testing of new aircraft because the supercomputers can process complex calculations to provide data that in the past could only be found experimentally by an aircraft in flight.
The company is expecting to make major savings because running the supercomputers is much cheaper than test flying the aircraft to capture the required information.
Tim Amphlett, IT support manager at BAE Systems, said: “Our previous computers were around 10 years old and had limited capability. The new facility has over 10 times the capacity of its forerunner and is used for complex calculations in structural, aerodynamic and electromagnetic engineering.”
He added: “What’s even more important is that we have more than enough capacity to be going on with, and the machines are upgradeable. This means that, just like a home PC, as demand grows, the capacity of the computers can be increased to cope.”