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About the COSMA 7 Supercomputer

About the COSMA 7 Supercomputer

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Dr Lydia Heck, Senior Computer Manager in the Department of Physics, Durham University, explains more about the University’s COSMA 7 supercomputer. COSMA 7, which has the total memory of more than 30,000 laptops, is used to simulate the Universe.

COSMA supercomputer – unravelling the mysteries of the Universe

The COSMA supercomputer is at the centre of international research into the mysteries of the Universe.

Hosted by Durham University and used by cosmologists, astronomers and particle physicists from across the world, COSMA has the processing power and memory of about 28,000 home PCs.

This enables scientists to simulate the evolution of the Universe from the Big Bang to the present day with unprecedented accuracy.

Researchers use the machine – now in its seventh version - to test current theories about the birth of the Universe, the origin of galaxies, dark matter and dark energy.

COSMA plays a key role in the UK’s Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing (DiRAC), which supports research in cosmology, astrophysics, particle physics and nuclear physics.

COSMA also supports the work of the Durham Data Intensive Science Centre for Doctoral Trainingconnecting academic research with industry.

If you are a researcher or business wishing to contact the COSMA team please click on the relevant tabs above for more information.

“COSMA has a memory capacity of 220 terabytes (equivalent to about 28,000 PCs) and 2,700 terabytes of data storage of which 387 terabytes are superfast at 209 gigabyte/sec – 32,000 times that of a home network.”

Institute for computational cosmology