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Primeur weekly 2015-01-26

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Intel extend research collaboration on systems behaviour analysis and prediction at Exascale R&D Lab ...

NASA scientist joins groundbreaking UK supercomputing start-up ...

Second European Exascale Software Initiative, EESI2, is organizing its final international conference ...

The Cloud

Anthem teams with IBM to strengthen IT operational performance ...

The European Space Agency builds a private Cloud platform with Red Hat ...

AccelOps' latest release delivers interactive security and performance analytics plus Cloud monitoring ...

Oracle Voice brings a mobile, speech-enabled virtual assistant to the Oracle Sales Cloud in Release 9 on smart phones ...

EuroFlash

New Head of Astroparticle Physics European Consortium appointed ...

REF signals deep impact as EPSRC announces GPB30 million for Impact Acceleration Accounts ...

New laser for computer chips ...

Graphene brings quantum effects to electronic circuits ...

Square Kilometre Array: The Cosmology Engine ...

Computer scientists from Saarbruecken improve the privacy of the Internet currency Bitcoin ...

Graphene enables all-electrical control of energy flow from light emitters ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks again dominates as world leader in 2014/2015 TOP500 global supercomputing list ...

DataDirect Networks Storage Fusion Xcelerator (SFX) flash cache technology wins Storage Visions Award ...

UCSD study shows why protein mutations lead to familial form of Parkinson's disease ...

UC San Diego physicist Frank Würthwein joins SDSC ...

SDSC supercomputers to assist UC San Diego's 'Extreme Events' Center ...

SDSC announces UC Graduate Summer Fellowship programme ...

New wind-farm computer simulations unlock increased power generation ...

The City University of New York selects SGI to power major research projects ...

Air Force Research Laboratory's Department of Defense Supercomputer Resource Center (DSRC) to receive new supercomputer ...

Supercomputer simulations yield method for predicting behaviour of new concrete formulas ...

Oracle tackles data centre cost and complexity with next-generation engineered systems ...

A 3D view of the Greenland Ice Sheet opens window on ice history ...

Dedicated Computing joins the Intel Cluster Ready programme to offer high-performance computing cluster solutions for bioinformatics research ...

Researchers get $1.4 million to advance 'Big Data' for genomic research ...

Optimizing optimization algorithms ...

Scientists set quantum speed limit ...

New signal amplification process set to transform communications, imaging, and computing ...

REF signals deep impact as EPSRC announces GPB30 million for Impact Acceleration Accounts

20 Jan 2015 Swindon - The recently published results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) show that the impact of research funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has been both deep and long lasting. Of the case studies covering engineering and physical sciences, 85 percent of them involved EPSRC-supported researchers.

Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, Greg Clark, stated: "The UK boasts a global reputation for scientific excellence. As the recent REF results have shown, the research being funded by EPSRC is having a real and lasting impact. Enabling scientists to bridge the so-called 'valley of death' that lies between the lab and the marketplace is crucial for our economy and an important part of our Science and Innovation Strategy. Extending the Impact Acceleration Accounts will further bridge this gap, and will enable scientists to contribute towards successful businesses, taking ideas through to market."

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC's Chief Executive, stated: "The REF results show that the research EPSRC supports is both excellent and has impact. Universities are using the Pathways to Impact process and Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs) to plan how their research is going to be communicated, translated and accelerated to users and moved further along the line."

Examples of EPSRC related REF case studies are:

  • Software tools based on artificial intelligence which are saving the NHS millions of pounds through more cost-efficient procurement
  • Mathematical modelling of extreme events which has enabled massive savings through the optimised design of coastal flood defences
  • New coatings for aircraft engines which are saving billions of pounds in reduced fuel costs as well as offering significant environmental benefits

EPSRC has announced a further GBP30 million which is to be allocated to universities to bring about impact through IAAs. This will build on the GBP60 million allocated in 2012 which gave awards ranging from GBP600,000 to GBP6 million to 31 universities across the UK.

Professor Nelson stated: "The last tranche of Impact Acceleration Accounts has not just impacted the research landscape, but changed it by making it easier for scientists to develop their ideas and to collaborate with industry."

IAAs help speed up the contribution that scientists make towards new innovation, successful businesses and the economic returns that benefit UK PLC.

For example, a novel electronic voting system stemming from an IAA has been deployed by the Victoria State Electoral Board of Australia in late 2014.

Further examples of recent IAA outcomes include:

  • Advanced composites work with BMW
  • Projects across healthcare, pharmaceuticals, energy, automotive, aerospace, robotics, manufacturing and computing
  • A device for rapid screening method for biopsies has been demonstrated to pathologists
One IAA is supporting SMEs in London's Tech City - the growing technology hub based around Shoreditch.
Source: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council - EPSRC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2015-01-26

Exascale supercomputing

BSC and Intel extend research collaboration on systems behaviour analysis and prediction at Exascale R&D Lab ...

NASA scientist joins groundbreaking UK supercomputing start-up ...

Second European Exascale Software Initiative, EESI2, is organizing its final international conference ...

The Cloud

Anthem teams with IBM to strengthen IT operational performance ...

The European Space Agency builds a private Cloud platform with Red Hat ...

AccelOps' latest release delivers interactive security and performance analytics plus Cloud monitoring ...

Oracle Voice brings a mobile, speech-enabled virtual assistant to the Oracle Sales Cloud in Release 9 on smart phones ...

EuroFlash

New Head of Astroparticle Physics European Consortium appointed ...

REF signals deep impact as EPSRC announces GPB30 million for Impact Acceleration Accounts ...

New laser for computer chips ...

Graphene brings quantum effects to electronic circuits ...

Square Kilometre Array: The Cosmology Engine ...

Computer scientists from Saarbruecken improve the privacy of the Internet currency Bitcoin ...

Graphene enables all-electrical control of energy flow from light emitters ...

USFlash

DataDirect Networks again dominates as world leader in 2014/2015 TOP500 global supercomputing list ...

DataDirect Networks Storage Fusion Xcelerator (SFX) flash cache technology wins Storage Visions Award ...

UCSD study shows why protein mutations lead to familial form of Parkinson's disease ...

UC San Diego physicist Frank Würthwein joins SDSC ...

SDSC supercomputers to assist UC San Diego's 'Extreme Events' Center ...

SDSC announces UC Graduate Summer Fellowship programme ...

New wind-farm computer simulations unlock increased power generation ...

The City University of New York selects SGI to power major research projects ...

Air Force Research Laboratory's Department of Defense Supercomputer Resource Center (DSRC) to receive new supercomputer ...

Supercomputer simulations yield method for predicting behaviour of new concrete formulas ...

Oracle tackles data centre cost and complexity with next-generation engineered systems ...

A 3D view of the Greenland Ice Sheet opens window on ice history ...

Dedicated Computing joins the Intel Cluster Ready programme to offer high-performance computing cluster solutions for bioinformatics research ...

Researchers get $1.4 million to advance 'Big Data' for genomic research ...

Optimizing optimization algorithms ...

Scientists set quantum speed limit ...

New signal amplification process set to transform communications, imaging, and computing ...