Today JISC in the U.K. announced that Rolls-Royce is the first company to join its industrial supercomputing initiative. Designed to break down barriers between industry and academia, JISC will provide Rolls-Royce with easy access to supercomputing equipment at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) HPC Midlands.
For many years now we have worked with universities and colleges across the UK and internationally, and we partner with a number of institutions on research and development through our University Technology Centers,” said Dr Yoon Ho, HPC lead at Rolls-Royce . “This agreement was a natural next step to explore sharing facilities more broadly. We have been impressed by the professional approach that Jisc and HPC Midlands have taken to this project, in particular around our tough information security and export control requirements, and we see a very bright future for our collaboration.”
In addition, Rolls-Royce will also be taking advantage of a connection to the Janet network, the high-speed network for UK education and research. Through Jisc’s Janet Reach scheme for industrial connectivity – which leverages £30m of public investment in ultra-fast internet and is supported by BIS – a network circuit operating at 10 Gigabits per second will be installed by Jisc, so that it is able to fully-exploit the HPC center.
It is no longer the case that academia and industry operate in separate, parallel worlds,” said Jeremy Sharp, Jisc’s director of strategic technologies. “In an environment where resources are increasingly constrained, both sectors need to understand how they can work more closely together and learn from one another.Rolls-Royce signing up as the first company demonstrates just how valuable these initiatives are to supporting UK business and the economy to thrive.”