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Centre of excellence set to be created following £3.2 million grant

Published: Wednesday, 22 February 2017   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

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.

Integral to our everyday lives

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 Kenny.

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