Met Office robotic tape library, 1990s

Met Office robotic tape library, 1990s

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Caption: Met Office robotic tape library. The Met Office, the UK's national weather monitoring and forecasting service, began to use computers in the late 1950s and early 1960s. By the late 1990s, they had begun to use the Cray T3E 900 supercomputer (1997), a massively parallel supercomputer capable of 430 billion calculations per second. This required subsidiary systems, such as this Grau automatic tape library. This uses robotic systems to store over 28,000 data cassettes, each with 10 gigabytes of storage capacity. Photographed at the Met Office headquarters in Bracknell, where the Met Office was located from 1962 to 2003.

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