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Collaboration with IBM Aims to Make U.K. World Leader in HPC

Today the UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council and IBM announced collaboration to create one of the world’s foremost centres in software development. With a goal to establish high performance computing as a highly accessible and invaluable tool to UK industry, the new International Centre of Excellence for Computational Science and Engineering will be located at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory in Cheshire.

This new cutting edge research centre will bring together experts from the science and business worlds,” said Minister for Universities and Science David Willetts. “It will be vital in realising the Government’s ambition for the UK to be a world leader in high performance computing and will provide industry and academia with the tools needed to drive growth and innovation. It will also build on the strengths of the Daresbury Science and Innovation Campus – which recently became an Enterprise Zone – and shows that our £145 million investment in e-infrastructure is attracting international companies to the UK.”

Under the initial 3 year agreement, STFC will invest in IBM’s most advanced hardware systems, most notably the BlueGene/Q and iDataplex. With a peak performance of 1.4 Petaflops, the Blue Gene/Q system at Daresbury will be one of the UK’s most powerful machines.

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