It is hosted by the University of Edinburgh and is offered for use under the UK National Supercomputing Service. It was started in November 2013 and in March 2014, it was identified as the most powerful computing system in the UK and the 19th most powerful on the TOP500 worldwide.
It was already due to be retired and end operations in May 2020, to be replaced by ARCHER 2.
Other cyberattacks on supercomputers
Cyberattacks on supercomputers are not entirely unheard of. There have been a few incidents when hackers have tried to compromise supercomputers for some financial or other malicious motives.
In February 2018, several Russian scientists working at a top-secret Russian nuclear were arrested when they tried to use the Federal Nuclear Centre's most powerful supercomputers to mine bitcoins.
In May 2014, FitzRoy, the $12.7 million supercomputers owned by Niwa, was targeted by a computer hacker, believed to have come from China.