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HPC Wales and Fujitsu Launch Northern Ireland’s First Supercomputing Service

HPCWalesLogoHPC Wales has partnered with global technology firm Fujitsu to launch Northern Ireland’s first high performance computing service.

Unveiled at an Oct. 16 launch event, this announcement marks the latest milestone in HPC Wales’ long-standing partnership with Fujitsu –producer of some of the world’s fastest supercomputers. The companies first collaborated back in 2012 when HPC Wales was established, developing the infrastructure and supporting services for the network.

HPC Wales has since gone on to achieve over £3.5m of inward investment, supporting the training of over 2,000 individuals, the creation of over 100 new jobs, several new businesses and the pioneering of many new innovative products, processes and services.

The launch of the Northern Ireland HPC service seeks to replicate the successes achieved in Wales across Northern Ireland. Fujitsu expects to invest approximately £1.1m in the HPC service and hopes to build a number of innovative collaborations, which will provide Northern Irish businesses and researchers access to world-class, secure and easy to use high performance computing technology – critical to solving advanced computational problems.

It is a delight to work alongside one of the global leaders of HPC to support the development of businesses and researchers in Northern Ireland – providing them with access to the UK’s largest distributed general purpose supercomputing network,” said David Elcock, Finance Director at HPC Wales. “We are committed to delivering advanced supercomputing technology – and the training and support to harness it to its full potential – to researchers and businesses of all sizes throughout Wales, the UK and beyond. This announcement marks the latest significant landmark for the company.”

Providing access to its powerful supercomputing network, HPC Wales is working with Fujitsu to deliver an HPC service, which has the capacity to handle and analyse massive amounts of data at high speed. Importantly, through the HPC service, tasks that can take months using normal computers can be delivered in days or even minutes, at a fraction of the cost organisations would otherwise incur. It can be used to model and solve highly complex problems across a range of high value sectors. In particular it can deliver faster and more efficient computer modelling, data analysis, rapid mathematical calculations, simulations, visualisation of complex data, software development and digital image rendering for the creative industries.

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