· Highlands to host high performance computer network · Super-fast links could lure companies and jobs to north of
The high performance computing (HPC) network will link a hub in the Highlands with computer clusters in other parts of the
The combined power will mean that work that normally takes days, or even months, can be completed in hours or minutes, allowing connected firms to improve innovation and productivity.
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High performance computing (HPC) can handle and analyse huge amounts of data at high speed, giving businesses and research institutions unprecedented problem- solving power that will accelerate and improve their work.
Among its countless uses, HPC can advance medical research and treatments, develop climate change technology, create complex simulations and animated graphics and carry out rapid mathematical calculations.
The Highland HPC pilot will centre on two ‘host’ companies chosen by
It means companies in the Highlands will be able to link into computer technology previously unavailable.
The Welsh HPC network, which connects six universities, as well as private sector companies, can run at 320 tflops – capable of 320 trillion operations every second.
It is already being used on a wide variety of projects, from improving cancer and dementia treatments and optimising offshore wind farms, to producing computer-generated imagery for movies and nuclear energy research.
One firm using HPC in
“It will put the region at the forefront of the HPC revolution in
“That capability could encourage hundreds of businesses to move to the Highlands with the possibility of creating thousands of new jobs in this area. It fits perfectly with our plans to develop a
“Giving businesses and academics access to high-speed, world-class, secure and easy-to-use technology will accelerate innovation and give them a significant competitive advantage.”
“Using HPC could bring vast rewards to the industry and help grow the Highlands’ reputation as a leader in energy research and development – something we are working with the industry to achieve through the
Potentially, the Highlands’ HPC network could be used by any company that has a need to store and analyse vast amounts of complex data, create simulations, develop software or carry out rapid mathematical calculations
Users may be able to ‘timeshare’ on the system by signing up to use HPC when required, with larger firms able to pay for an open contract and smaller companies charged on an hourly basis. The HPC pilot results will suggest the best way forward.
It is felt that providing the capability will encourage companies to re -locate to the Highlands and create employment for local people, and prevent a ‘brain drain’ from the region by providing jobs that are currently not available.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
Among the projects benefiting from HPC in
In Bangor, HPC is being used to process vast quantities of data accumulated through studies on the way children think about healthy eating to try to change their dietary habits.
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