High Performance Computing (HPC) is becoming ever more important as large computer simulations become more and more part of every-day research. Regional HPC centres support multi-disciplinary research and provide an entry point for non-academic users and industrial collaborations.
N8 HPC is building on the academic strengths and collaborative commitment of the N8 Research Partnership – an established partnership of the most research-intensive universities in the North of England. The member universities are Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York. N8 HPC offers a shared ‘Tier 2’ HPC facility underpinning world-class research, enabling collaborations between institutions and creating the opportunity to engage more effectively with business and the community. Overall, this is a step-change in the computing capability and capacity available to leading researchers in the N8 universities, providing a platform for sharing methodological and technical expertise, and creating new opportunities for business-facing collaborative research. N8 HPC currently operates Polaris, a SGI HPC cluster with 5,000+ Sandy Bridge cores and SGI UV2 with 4TB of RAM.
HPC Midlands is the East Midlands' Regional Centre of Excellence for High Performance Computing managed by Loughborough University and the University of Leicester. The centre is based around remote access to a 3,008 core supercomputer, Hera, hosted securely on the Loughborough University Science & Enterprise Parks. The Centre is available to Universities, research organisation and private industry as a pay-as-you-go on-demand Infrastructure-as-a-Service with unlimited technical support and access to a network of experts in software development, computer-aided design, product prototyping, research analysis and funding. With high-speed interconnect and big-data disk storage capability Hera is designed to achieve rapid results on large scale computational problems and encourage more ambitious modelling and simulation.
Midplus is a collaborative partnership between four of the UK’s leading universities: the University of Warwick, Queen Mary University London, the University of Birmingham and the University of Nottingham. The partnership brings together academic expertise and leading-edge facilities for computing capability and capacity, with an aim to facilitate the rapid realisation of modern computational research methods for business and industry. The University collaboration leverages a strong portfolio of expertise across all four institutions and this intellectual superstructure enables MidPlus to offer services that far exceed mainstream e-infrastructure or industrial cloud computing services. MidPlus facilities include a capability cluster with up to 6,000 core clusters for large massively parallel jobs. A peak of 65 TFLOPS and building on IBM’s iDataPlex hardware. A high throughput cluster (2,900 cores based on 60 twin nodes with 6-core Westmere processors, 1 GB RAM per core and a standard 1GigE connection between nodes). This facility is ideal for projects that require multiple runs to span large parameter spaces or analysis of multiple data streams. High integrity data storage and archive facilities – to enable mid- and long-term storage of data (initially up to 1 PB) to enable metadata-based search and retrieval.
The Science and Engineering South consortium (SES) is formed by the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Southampton, Imperial College London and University College London. The consortium works with other centres of research excellence in the UK and around the world. Access to research equipment, training and skills are shared challenges in the fields of physical sciences, bio-sciences and engineering. By collaborating, the impact of these challenges are reduced and consortium members are able to achieve things which would otherwise be impossible. In conjunction with healthy competition, working closer together stimulates the exploration of new ideas and produces innovations that have a positive impact on society and industry. SES members work on a variety of innovating projects, from slowing the ageing process to designing better drugs and building better boats with CfD. Their applications are wide and varying, providing an exciting future for SES, research, and industry. To read more about what our researchers do, visit the showcase section at SES’s Centre for Innovation.
Scientific Computing at STFC. Big science, big data, big compute, celebrating 50 years of super-computing. The STFC Hartree Centre collaborates with research and industry partners to develop new insights that enable new products to be developed and to do that quicker and cheaper than traditional R&D workflows.
HPC Wales is a collaboration between Welsh universities, Government and Fujitsu.