Andy Jones has graciously agreed to share his presentation with you guys as well. Andy is a long time member of our community, currently helping out at NAG with HECToR and several other things, and he also does quite a bit of writing in our community as well.
Here is the abstract for his talk
This talk will provide an overview of the UK’s national supercomputing service, HECToR, including the imminent deployment of the world’s first Cray XT6 system. HECToR funds 20 staff to renovate user applications to get significantly more science per dollar. Through examples, the talk will show major increases in application performance at large scales achieved under this programme to date. These successes have substantially reduced the cost of supercomputer time for participating researchers and enable a greater amount of science to be delivered from the government’s existing investment in supercomputers. The talk will also describe how the programme ensures strong engagement with the user community and present feedback from the users community.
Slides from Andrew’s talk, “Who is HECToR and How Did He Help Users Get More HPC for Their Money?” [PDF]