Funding from the European Union has allowed a university to link 1,600 desktop computers into a powerful new grid. The £230,000 grant will allow researchers at the University of Westminster access to far greater computing power. Stephen Winter, dean of informatics at Westminster, said: "The groups we've been working with at the university all have custom software applications that can take anything up to several days to run. On our desktop grid these applications take minutes. This will bring real benefits to our researchers across a range of subject areas."