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ALICE The New Campus Wide High Performance Computing Service

Director of IT Services Mary Visser (left) and Head of the College of Science and Engineering Professor Martin Barstow (right) present Undergraduate Micah Harris with his prize.

ALICE – The New Campus Wide High Performance Computing Service

Naming competition - winner of £50 Prize

In April a competition was run to name the University’s new High Performance Computing Service (on schedule for launch in July 2010). The project team and User Advisory Board reviewed the competition entries and voted on their preferred name.

The winner of the competition was Micah Harris, an Undergraduate in Physics, who came up with the name ALICE (Advanced Leicester Information and Computational Environment). Micah was awarded his prize by Martin Barstow, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Head of the College of Science & Engineering and Mary Visser, Director of IT Services (picture below).

ALICE will be a campus wide service for researchers to help with their problem solving. The key features of the service will be:

• A 2048 processor system

• 100TB of storage

• Free for all researchers

• Dedicated support team

• Training available

• Accessible on and off campus


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