The Hartree Centre team had a jam-packed week of activity at ISC 2022, returning to a large in-person exhibition and event programme. ISC is The team were kept busy running an exhibition booth, speaking on panels, launching new announcements, upskilling in tutorials, building collaborative partnerships and sharing their research in workshops.
Left to right: Rob Akers (UKAEA), Alison Kennedy (STFC Hartree Centre), Kate Royse (STFC Hartree Centre), Michaela Muruiano (Graphcore), Alex Titterton (Graphcore)
Kicking off the exhibition on Monday 30 May 2022, the centre announced a new partnership with Graphcore. The centre will use Graphcore's AI technology to to deliver clean and commercially viable fusion energy in collaboration with the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA). Kate Royse, Director of the Hartree Centre, said:
“We look forward to working with Graphcore in the exciting field of fusion - where accelerating progress could mean that this transformative new way of generating energy is available to everyone sooner rather than later."
After two years of the majority of events getting cancelled or becoming remote, the Hartree Centre team enjoyed the renewed novelty of networking face-to-face, sometimes with collaborators they had only worked with on a remote basis for over a year. On meeting up with Maxeler Technologies, Emre Sahin said:
"We completed an entire collaborative project on faster, more efficient computational calculations remotely, so it was great to finally meet the people I was working with in person! We're planning another project and hopefully this time we will be able to meet more frequently."
Hartree Centre staff also met up in person with the team from Edinburgh Parellel Computing Centre (EPCC), our partners in the EuroCC network. Science and Business Engagement Manager Holly Halford explained:
“We work together with EPCC to form the EuroCC UK National Competence Centre for HPC, data analytics and AI, so it was great to meet our collaborators face-to-face. As part of the international EuroCC network, we share knowledge around industry engagement, training and more with supercomputing centres across Europe."
Deputy Director Michael Gleaves presented the inaugural International Association for Supercomputing Centers (IASC) Birds of a Feather (BoF) session alongside Leibniz Supercomputing Centre's Laura Schulz, with outgoing Hartree Centre Director Alison Kennedy appearing on the discussion panel. As one of the founding members of the association, the Hartree Centre will be taking the first steps to collectively share supercomputing centre management knowledge and best practice with other international supercomputing centres to enable us to collectively maximise our impact, share exciting opportunities and support each other through the unique challenges presented by our field of work. Watch this space!
Next up, the Hartree Centre team hosted an ISC Workshop exploring the potential of quantum computing and hybrid quantum-classical computing approaches. The Hartree Centre's Francesca Schiavello and Emre Sahin were among the speaker line up representing the UK, accompanied by international submissions from Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (Germany), PASQAL (France), LANL (USA), ORNL (USA) and IQM (Germany). The session was also chaired by Vendel Szeremi.
The Hartree Centre team members who organised, hosted and presented in the workshop reported back that there were lots of questions and useful discussion in the Q&A sessions. Francesca Schiavello elaborated:
"We have seen first hand that these kind of events create lots of learning opportunities and the right environment for nurturing potential future collaborations."
Left to right: Emre Sahin, Stefano Mensa and Francesca Schiavello representing the Hartree Centre in the Quanum Computing and Hybrid Quantum-Classical Computing Approaches Workshop at ISC 2022.