The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is
set to invest £3.2 million to establish HPC Midlands Plus – a centre of
excellence in high performance computing (HPC).
HPC Midlands Plus is set to be located at Loughborough
University’s Science and Enterprise Park and will utilise different
universities’ expertise to drive innovation and research.
Midlands Innovation – whose aim is to grow as a global hub
for research and innovation, attracting investment and creating jobs – and
Queen Mary University of London are behind the creation of the centre.
High performance computing is used to find solutions to
problems, process a huge amount of data and also undertake complex simulations.
It has the potential to create a number of breakthroughs
across a diverse range of sectors, including in energy, healthcare, finance,
transport, manufacturing and engineering.
There are six universities within the Midlands Innovation
group, including the University of Birmingham, University of Leicester,
Loughborough University, Aston University, the University of Warwick and the
University of Nottingham.
Alongside Queen Mary University of London, there will be
seven universities giving expertise into the sector, hoping to drive forward
research and innovation.
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The centre is set to officially launch in the spring and
will feature a 14,336-core supercomputer with 65 TB RAM to be used by
businesses, universities and research organisations around the country.
Professor Steven Kenny, Director of HPC Midlands Plus, said:
“High performance computing technology pervades our everyday lives. For
instance, it is used in the design of aircraft engines and cars, the
exploration of new materials for energy generation and storage, and the
delivery of personalised healthcare.”
Midlands Innovation is intent on making a difference through
research, and is also heavily involved creating the Energy Research
Accelerator, a £250 million project to help shape the UK’s energy future.
“The establishment of HPC Midlands Plus will enable us to
combine our power to explore how high performance computing can impact even
more sectors and emerging areas such as quantum technologies,” added Professor
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