OCF in the UK reports that the company continues to expand its operations. The high performance computing integrator is recruiting a number of new staff to meet the growing appetite and demand for HPC and data analytics solutions across universities, research institutes and commercial businesses in the UK.
Researchers from across University College London are now benefitting from “Grace,” a new 181 Teraflop HPC system named in honor of pioneering computer scientist Grace Hopper. Designed and integrated by OCF in the UK, the Grace cluster integrates Lenovo and DDN technology to provide HPC services alongside UCL’s existing HPC machines, Legion and Emerald.
“What is important to researchers is ‘time to science,’ not the length of time a job takes to compute. ‘If you can wait in line at a national supercomputing center and it takes five days in the queue for your job to run, and then you get 50,000 cores and your job runs in a few hours, that’s great. But what if you could get those 50,000 cores right now, no waiting, and your job takes longer to run but it would still finish before your other job would start on the big iron machine.”
OCF in the U.K. recently deployed a new Fujitsu HPC cluster at the University of East Anglia. As the University’s second new HPC system in 4-years, the cluster can be easily scaled and expanded in the coming months through a framework agreement to match rapidly increasing demand for compute power.
A partnership of seven leading bioinformatics research and academic institutions called eMedLab is using a new private cloud, HPC environment and big data system to support the efforts of hundreds of researchers studying cancers, cardio-vascular and rare diseases. Their research focuses on understanding the causes of these diseases and how a person’s genetics may influence their predisposition to the disease and potential treatment responses.
A new private Cloud HPC system will soon benefit bioinformatics researchers in their work on bacterial pathogens. The Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics (CLIMB) project, a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, the University of Warwick, Cardiff University, and Swansea University, will create a free-to-use, world leading cyber infrastructure specifically designed for microbial bioinformatics research.
Researchers at the University of Lincoln in the U.K. are using the BlueBEAR HPC service to simulate the use of protons for CT imaging. Generally reliant on X-rays to image the body’s composition and healthy tissue location before treatment, doctors are looking to the the project to build a device capable of delivering protons in a clinical setting.
One of Lenovo’s first HPC clusters has been installed at the University of Oxford in the UK.
Today Fujitsu announced that the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics [WTCHG] at the University of Oxford is using the company’s HPC systems to support the genetics research of 25 groups and more than 100 researchers.
In this slidecast, Julian Fielden from OCF describes the outlook for HPC in the UK for 2015.