Information Services Division


Name our new supercomputer

21 May 2019

ISD is looking for your creative ideas to name a new computing system at the heart of UCL’s research activity.

The system in question is UCL’s new massively-parallel computing system – a computer designed to execute large parallel computing tasks.  It’s a vital tool for research conducted by a variety of UCL faculties including Engineering, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. 

UCL's Legion High Performance Computing service

Our current High Performance computer (HPC), Grace, was launched at the end of 2015 and has reached its expansion limit. An ISD project is now underway to develop, design and procure a replacement for the system that is state of the art and scalable.  

And importantly, the replacement needs a name! To this end, the project team would be grateful for your suggestions. 

A few things to bear in mind:

  • The new name must relate to either research, science or computing. For example, the Grace system was named after Grace Hopper, an American computer scientist. One of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computer and a pioneer of computer programming.
  • When submitting your proposed name, please explain why it would be suitable for UCL’s new High Performance Computer (HPC).
  • The deadline for submissions is 5th June 2019 23:59 BST
  • All entries must come from a recognised UCL staff email address
  • You can submit as many entries as you like

The proposed names will be shortlisted by the project team for a final decision to be made by the Project Board by the end of June 2019.
The winner, as well as getting their name used for the new system, will get a £50 voucher for either Amazon or John Lewis.

Please submit your entries to:  name.new.grace@ucl.ac.uk

We look forward to your submissions – this is a great opportunity to make a visible contribution to UCL’s HPC landscape.