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University of London Computing Centre
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body, education (ULCC) One of the UK's national high
performance computing centres. It provides networking
services and large-scale computing facilities which are used
by researchers from all over the UK.
ULCC was founded in 1968 to provide a service for education
and research. It has been at the forefront of advanced
research computing since its foundation, initially providing
large-scale CDC-based facilities, then from 1982 to 1991 a
national Cray vector supercomputing service. Its high
performance computing facilities are now centred on a 6
processor, 4 Gbyte Convex C3860 supercomputer (Neptune)
with a Convex C3200 front-end (Pluto).
ULCC is the main site for national and international network
connections in the UK. They run the Network Operations andService Centre for the JANET Internet Protocol Service
(JIPS), the largest of the JANET NOCs and various
international links and relays on behalf of UKERNA.
ULCC's pilot National Data Repository service provides a
network-accessible digital archive and filestore, based on a
robotic tape system with 6 Terabytes of storage. Although the
data is stored on tape, you can access it very quickly, as if
it were on-line. It is made available to you via high-speed
links to the JANET and SuperJANET networks.