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Cosma supercomputer storage

COSMA has been in existence since July 2001 and is now in its 7th generation.

Cosma Supercomputer

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.

Unravelling the mysteries of the Universe

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

Hosted by the Institute of Computational Cosmology at 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.

Our networks

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 Training connecting academic research with industry.

Partners

  • DiRAC

    DiRAC's computing resources are distributed over four University sites (Cambridge, Leicester, Durham & Edinburgh), providing simulation and data modelling resources for various UK Frontier Science theory communities
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  • Durham Data Intensive Science Centre

    The Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Intensive Science is jointly funded by STFC and Durham University.
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DiRAC

DiRAC's computing resources are distributed over four University sites (Cambridge, Leicester, Durham & Edinburgh), providing simulation and data modelling resources for various UK Frontier Science theory communities
Dirac logo

Durham Data Intensive Science Centre

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Data-Intensive Science is jointly funded by STFC and Durham University.
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University student
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. That's 2,000 times that of a home network!

Dr Alastair Basden
Technical Manager, COSMA High Performance Computing system

Cosma 7, our research and projects