Posted on 8 June 2012
Wales has become the first country in the UK to boast a distributed national supercomputing network, meaning Welsh businesses can now access some of the most advanced computing technology in the world, along with the training, outreach and technical support to exploit it effectively.
This announcement marks the latest milestone for High Performance Computing (HPC) Wales, which was formed to manage a shared service collaboration of the Universities in Wales. This unique venture enables Welsh companies and university researchers to speed up innovation by accessing the latest supercomputing technology.
At an event addressed by the Chief Scientific Adviser for Wales at the Senedd last week, an invited audience from Welsh Government, the Universities in Wales, and business and educational institutions, celebrated the recent announcement that Fujitsu, technology service provider for HPC Wales, has awarded seven fully-funded studentships across the marine energy, environment and life science sectors, generating over £500,000 inward investment in Wales. Over the next two years, HPC Wales and Fujitsu will fund a total of 20 studentships across key priority sectors in Wales.
The University of Wales has struck a collaboration with HPC, as have a number of other universities in Wales. The £44million five-year project provides Wales with a world class facility in High Performance Computing, accessible to both academic and commercial organisations based in Wales. HPC Wales will give Wales a supercomputing capacity and network at a scale not attempted anywhere else in the UK or Europe.