An article over at London-based PublicTechnology.net today talks about a big investment that the UK is making in science and computing
Almost £400 million is being made available through the Government’s Large Facilities Capital Fund to provide support for the development of nine multidisciplinary research projects focusing on a variety of areas, including long-term studies of economic, health and social development; the construction of new neutron beams to test the physical behaviours of structures such as turbine blades or the design of new drugs; and the development of modelling software to simulate future climate scenarios and cell interactions.
Details of the computing pieces? 5oM pounds ($100M) for a new computational sciences center at the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus
The Hartree Centre – Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) A new world-leading computational sciences centre for the UK. It is intended model complex systems and processes such as climate variability and human biological systems. The centre will build on existing scientific expertise at Daresbury.
And 65M pounds ($130M) toward a next generation supercomputer that will likely serve as (one of) Britain’s contribution to PRACE’s network of petascale centers
High End Computing – Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The project involves the procurement of the next generation supercomputer for the UK. This project is likely to form the UK’s initial contribution to the proposed European network of 3 to 5 leading edge computational systems, which will provide European Scientists with a suite of complementary computing capabilities that rival those in the USA and Japan.