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Met Office Super Computer says Yes to Science Park

Super news as Met Office announces new high performance computer for Science Park  

The Met Office announced yesterday (28 October 2014) that its new £97m ‘super computer’ will be located both in the IT halls at the Met Office HQ and in a new purpose built building on Exeter Science Park (subject to planning permission). 

The machine will weigh more than 140 tonnes and capable of more than 16,000 trillion calculations a second, will be one of the fastest high performance computers (HPCs) in the world.  

The news saw Exeter Science Park reveal their plans for a new cluster within the park focused around climate change and sustainable futures, which will be known as the Global Environmental Futures (GEF) campus.  

Met Office Super Computer Building at ESP


Choosing the Science Park as a location for the facility will open up different opportunities for the Met Office to collaborate with new, like minded businesses, science and research establishments and start-ups on innovative science projects. It will also help establish the vision of a world-leading centre of predictive environmental science in the region, centred on the Science Park.  

Gerry Shattock General Manager of Exeter Science Park said: “The new cluster will be located adjacent to the Redhayes “blue bridge” and just north of the M5 - A30 intersection. It will act as a focus for the region’s knowledge and research expertise in this field, and should attract entrepreneurs both nationally and internationally”  

The Met Office’s supercomputer and climate cluster will join the growing science community at the park and follows on from the relocation of blur Group to the Park in Dec 2013 and the building of new Science Park Centre due to open in Spring 2015. This will provide flexible work space and in-depth support for open innovation and collaborations between researchers and private sector partners, across a wide range of science and technology disciplines.  

After dark Met Office super computer - how it may look


Councillor Paul Diviani, Leader of East Devon District Council, wholeheartedly welcomed the announcement and said: “This news is a confirmation of the Local Authority partners’ commitment to collaboration in investment in the Science Park and the wider Growth Point, which we confidently expect to become a magnet for high quality jobs and investment and putting East Devon on the map as the place that delivers good growth.

“East Devon District Council planning officers are working closely with Met Office to deliver this high quality development of global significance. A decision is expected in November”.  

Met Office Super Computer at the GEF Campus on ESP

Exeter Science Park is recognised as the place for science and technology occupiers to locate and grow, acting as a hub for the amazing range of research, development and collaboration which is being undertaken across the region.  

For more information about Exeter Science Park visit and contact one of the team.

How the Met Office super computer building may look at ESP