LIVERMORE, Calif., Aug. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Energy'sLawrence Livermore National Laboratory issued the following news release:
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's High Performance Computing Innovation Center (HPCIC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) in the United Kingdom will collaborate to expand industry's use of supercomputing to boost economic competitiveness in the two countries. The U.S. Department of Energy and The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) in the United Kingdom jointly announced the collaborative agreement Thursday, Aug. 29.
Lawrence Livermore (LLNL) Director Parney Albright and Chief Executive John Womersley of the United Kingdom's STFC signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at a ceremony in Livermore's high performance computing (HPC) center that provides a vehicle for technical and business development exchanges between the HPCIC and the STFC's Hartree Centre (HC), which is dedicated to making HPC more accessible to British industry and academia.
"This agreement builds on the strong and enduring alliance between our countries in matters of security and economic cooperation," Albright said. "The common goals we share and complementary strengths we bring to this collaboration will allow our HPC Innovation Center and Daresbury's Hartree Centre to exploit their clear synergies to our mutual benefit."
David Willetts, UK Minister for Universities and Science said, "The partnership between the Hartree Centre and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's High Performance Computing Innovation Centre is a significant development. It will greatly speed up the innovation of products and services to help us address complex challenges such as climate prediction and disease detection. This is a huge step forward in the big data revolution, one of the eight great technologies which will propel the UK to future growth. It will increase the capability of both centres, allowing them to harness the power of high performance computing."
Womersley said, "One of our goals at STFC is to bridge the gap between science and industry. The agreement we've signed today will help us to exploit the full potential of high performance computing for the UK - from basic research through R&D to new product design. I am thrilled to be signing this agreement today as it takes significant strides toward translating cutting edge R&D into successful commercial opportunities, and will provide UK businesses and industry with the technology they need to be able to compete on a global scale."
Attending the ceremony were U.K. Consul General Priya Guha and John Bancroft, head of project development in the STFC's Asia Pacific region, as well as LLNL Deputy Director Bill Goldstein and HPC Innovation Center Director Fred Streitz.