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U Edinburgh leads new supercomputing center offering industry support

By David Schwartz
Published: March 30th, 2021

Two leading supercomputing facilities in the UK have joined forces to create a national computing competence center as part of a Europe-wide network.

The UK center will be led jointly by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) Hartree Centre and EPCC, the supercomputing centre at the University of Edinburgh.

Named EuroCC@UK, the facility will form part of a new network of over 30 national competence centers across Europe, funded by the European Commission.

According to STFC officials, the center will be open to the public sector, academia and industry and will be focused on supporting AI research and innovation. The network will provide a platform for sharing best practice and expertise in advanced computing.

In the UK, the network’s efforts are expected to focus on high performance computing (HPC), high performance data analytics (HPDA) and AI, with an eye toward enabling industry to benefit from these technologies,

EuroCC@UK will map current expertise in the UK and develop training, software support, and industry engagement programs. It will also carry out awareness-creation activities aimed at keeping the UK’s scientific and industrial research communities engaged in high-performance computing initiatives.

 “The National Competence Center allows the UK to contribute to and to learn from international best practice in supporting the wider uptake of HPC, HPDA and AI by industry and academia, said Alison Kennedy, director of the Hartree Centre. “The roadmapping activities will allow us to identify gaps in our national provision of support to industry and to benchmark ourselves against the best in Europe. With the increase in UK investment in computing e-infrastructure, the findings will enable the UK to better target our resources to make the most effective use of the new capacity for economic and societal benefit.”

Source: UK Authority

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