Edinburgh University is to accommodate the first IBM Blue Gene supercomputer to run in Europe.

The Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) will be used to help chemists, biologists, physicists and environmental modellers to attack complex problems that cannot be solved on existing machines, writes EETimes.

It will be installed at EPCC later this year.

Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre director Dr Arthur Trew told EETimes: "EPCC's mission is to accelerate the effective exploitation of high performance computing. This development will help us deliver real benefits to our users. It also ensures that EPCC will continue to be the premier centre for computational science in Europe."