The University of Edinburgh has built a new supercomputer, which they claim is “10 times more energy efficient and up to 300 times faster than its traditional equivalents” — therefore more envireonmentally-friendly — than current computing titans. Its name is Maxwell, after James Clerk Maxwell, the great Scottish physicist and creator of the first color photograph, and its uses field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) instead of conventional processors.

It has proved more successful than its peers in the fields of financial option pricing, medical imaging processing, and oil and gas simulations. Further applications include a variety of domains, such as the pharmaceutical industry, the department of defense, and seismology.


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