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Luxembourg capital of supercomputing in Europe ...

Quantum computing

Quantum communication: How to outwit noise ...

Rigetti Computing raises $64 million in Series A and B funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz and Vy Capital ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Summit Week 2017 in Barcelona to gather main HPC stakeholders in Europe ...

Six High Performance Computing centres in the UK to be officially launched ...

It is easier for a DNA knot ...

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller is new Chairman of the Board of Directors at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre ...

GW4 world-first ARM based production supercomputer launched at national exhibition in the UK ...

Middleware

New version of Univa Grid Engine 2x faster than Sun Grid Engine 6.2u5 ...

Huawei and Altair sign MoU to jointly pursue High-Performance Computing (HPC) opportunities and build industrial simulation Cloud solutions ...

Hardware

New HPC installation to deploy Asetek liquid cooling solution ...

HPE to acquire Nimble Storage to strengthen leadership in hybrid IT ...

New Supermicro rack scale design brings open management for on-demand Cloud scale data centres ...

Supermicro launches new Intel Optane SSD optimized platforms ...

GBP 3 million awarded to Oxford-led consortium for national machine learning computing facility ...

EPCC invests GB 2.4 million in Tier-2 Cirrus system ...

Eurotech continues to lead innovation in embedded and high-performance computing: New designs featuring 2nd generation Intel Xeon Phi and Intel Atom E39XX ...

Officials dedicate Ohio OSC's newest, most powerful supercomputer ...

USC's Information Sciences Institute tapped to produce computing chips technology ...

Applications

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SDSC announces Annual Supercomputing & Data Science Workshop ...

IBM patents cognitive system to manage self-driving vehicles ...

Cryo-electron microscopy achieves unprecedented resolution using new computational methods ...

Psychologists enlist machine learning to help diagnose depression ...

A seismic mapping milestone ...

Information storage with a nanoscale twist ...

Nanomagnets for future data storage ...

Researchers shoot for success with simulations of laser pulse-material interactions ...

A system based on data science to predict student dropouts ...

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Six High Performance Computing centres in the UK to be officially launched


Isambard HPC system.
27 Mar 2017 Birmingham - Six UK High Performance Computing (HPC) centres that will give academics and industry access to powerful computers to support research in engineering and the physical sciences, have been officially launched on 30 March, 2017 at the Thinktank science museum in Birmingham.

Funded by GB 20 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) the centres are located around the UK, at the universities of Cambridge, Edinburgh, Exeter, and Oxford, Loughborough University, and UCL.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC's Chief Executive, stated: "These centres will enable new discoveries, drive innovation and allow new insights into today's scientific challenges. They are important because they address an existing gulf in capability between local university systems and the UK National Supercomputing Service ARCHER. Many universities are involved in the six new centres, and these will give more researchers easy access to High Performance Computing."

The centres will be used by a diverse range of the research community and will, for example, be used to predict how a jet engine will perform; explore new materials for energy generation and storage; and develop driverless cars.

Some of the centres will be available free of charge to any EPSRC-supported researcher, and some will give access to UK industry.

The new centres provide a diversity of computing architectures, which are driven by science needs and are not met by the national facilities or universities. This is because the National HPC Service must meet the needs of the whole UK community and so cannot specialise in specific novel architectures or novel requirements.

The different types of computing requirements provided by this Tier-2 group include high-throughput and GPU computing; for example, the JADE system at the University of Oxford will be the largest GPU facility in the UK. The GW4 centre will be a world-leading ARM-based testbed, where scientists will be able to choose from a wide range of emerging architectures to run their applications.

At the launch event, there were presentations on the work of the centres and an accompanying exhibition with exhibits from HPC contractors.

The new facilities include:

  • GW4 Tier-2 HPC Centre for Advanced Architectures, EP/P020224/1

The new service will be the first production system of its kind in the world, and will be named Isambard after Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. It will use an ARM processor system to provide access to a wide range of the most promising emerging architectures. It is led by Professor Simon McIntosh-Smith, University of Bristol with an EPSRC grant of GBP 3,000,000.

Partners include the Universities of Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Exeter, Cray, and the Met Office.

  • Peta-5: A National Facility for Petascale Data Intensive Computation and Analytics, EP/P020259/1

This multi-disciplinary facility will provide large-scale data simulation and high performance data analytics designed to enable advances in material science, computational chemistry, computational engineering and health informatics. It is led by Professor Paul Alexander, University of Cambridge with an EPSRC grant of GBP 5,000,000.

Partners include the Universities of Cambridge, Oxford and Southampton, Leicester and Bristol, UCL, Imperial College London, DiRAC, King's College London, and the Alan Turing Institute.

  • Tier-2 Hub in Materials and Molecular Modelling, EP/P020194/1

The facility will be available to members of the Materials and Molecular Modelling (MMM) Hub as well as the wider MMM and Tier-2 communities. It will be called Thomas, after the polymath Thomas Young, and will have applications in energy, healthcare and the environment. It is led by Professor Angelos Michaelides, UCL with an EPSRC grant of GBP 4,000,000.

Partners include UCL, Imperial College London, King's College London, Queen Mary University of London, Queen’s University of Belfast, Universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Kent and Southampton, and OCF.

  • JADE: Joint Academic Data science Endeavour, EP/P020275/1

The largest GPU facility in the UK, with compute nodes with eight NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPUs tightly-coupled through the high-speed NVlink interconnect, JADE will focus on machine learning and related data science areas, and molecular dynamics. It will have applications in areas such as natural language understanding, autonomous intelligent machines, medical imaging and drug design. It is led by Professor Mike Giles, University of Oxford with an EPSRC grant of GBP 3,000,000.

Partners include the Universities of Oxford, Edinburgh, Southampton, Sheffield and Bristol, Queen Mary University of London, UCL and King's College London, and NVIDIA.

  • HPC Midlands Plus, EP/P020232/1

The HPC facility will be based at a new centre of excellence at Loughborough University's Science and Enterprise Park. It will be used by universities, research organisations and businesses to undertake complex simulations and process vast quantities in fields ranging from engineering, manufacturing, health care and energy. It is led by Professor Steven Kenny, Loughborough University with an EPSRC grant of GBP 3,200,000.

Partners include Loughborough University, Aston University, Universities of Birmingham, Leicester, Nottingham and Warwick, and Queen Mary University of London.

  • EPCC Tier-2 HPC Service, EP/P020267/1

The Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) is growing its new industry HPC system, named Cirrus, five times larger to provide a state-of-the-art multi-core HPC service for science and industry. A next generation research data store, dedicated to Tier-2 users, is being installed to allow researchers to store data, share it and move it between different supercomputers. It is led by Professor Mark Parsons, University of Edinburgh with an EPSRC grant of GBP 2,400,000.

Partners include the Universities of Edinburgh, Bristol, Leeds and Strathclyde, and UCL.
Source: Engineering and Physical Sicences Research Council - EPSRC

Back to Table of contents

Primeur weekly 2017-04-03

Focus

Luxembourg capital of supercomputing in Europe ...

Quantum computing

Quantum communication: How to outwit noise ...

Rigetti Computing raises $64 million in Series A and B funding, led by Andreessen Horowitz and Vy Capital ...

Focus on Europe

HPC Summit Week 2017 in Barcelona to gather main HPC stakeholders in Europe ...

Six High Performance Computing centres in the UK to be officially launched ...

It is easier for a DNA knot ...

Prof. Dieter Kranzlmüller is new Chairman of the Board of Directors at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre ...

GW4 world-first ARM based production supercomputer launched at national exhibition in the UK ...

Middleware

New version of Univa Grid Engine 2x faster than Sun Grid Engine 6.2u5 ...

Huawei and Altair sign MoU to jointly pursue High-Performance Computing (HPC) opportunities and build industrial simulation Cloud solutions ...

Hardware

New HPC installation to deploy Asetek liquid cooling solution ...

HPE to acquire Nimble Storage to strengthen leadership in hybrid IT ...

New Supermicro rack scale design brings open management for on-demand Cloud scale data centres ...

Supermicro launches new Intel Optane SSD optimized platforms ...

GBP 3 million awarded to Oxford-led consortium for national machine learning computing facility ...

EPCC invests GB 2.4 million in Tier-2 Cirrus system ...

Eurotech continues to lead innovation in embedded and high-performance computing: New designs featuring 2nd generation Intel Xeon Phi and Intel Atom E39XX ...

Officials dedicate Ohio OSC's newest, most powerful supercomputer ...

USC's Information Sciences Institute tapped to produce computing chips technology ...

Applications

Supercomputer puts Colombia on fast track to designing new HIV drugs, science and engineering discovery ...

SDSC announces Annual Supercomputing & Data Science Workshop ...

IBM patents cognitive system to manage self-driving vehicles ...

Cryo-electron microscopy achieves unprecedented resolution using new computational methods ...

Psychologists enlist machine learning to help diagnose depression ...

A seismic mapping milestone ...

Information storage with a nanoscale twist ...

Nanomagnets for future data storage ...

Researchers shoot for success with simulations of laser pulse-material interactions ...

A system based on data science to predict student dropouts ...

The Cloud

Oracle unveils industry-first Cloud Converged Storage to help organisations bridge on-premises and Oracle Cloud storage ...