Helping the UK business sector harness high-performance computing and contributing to grand challenge science
15 Oct 2012



The Hartree Centre is working closely with IBM to build some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers and provide support and enablement for a wide range of industries.



"According to some recent studies, the impact of increased investment in HPC on European gross domestic product could be as much as two to three percent by 2020", comments Professor John Bancroft, Project Director of the Hartree Centre. "To take an example, for every £50 million the UK Met Office spends on HPC, the benefits to the nation’s economy are estimated at around £500 million – because better weather predictions help insurance companies to reduce their premiums, airlines to improve flight planning, and so on".

"However, outside of big government and academic projects, not many organisations are fully exploiting HPC as yet. It can be a hugely valuable resource for businesses in all sorts of fields – from product development for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics to sophisticated modelling for automobile and aerospace – but very few companies have the skills to take advantage of it. Hartree’s mission is two-fold. First, we want to introduce more businesses to HPC and help them develop their expertise. Second, we want to democratise HPC, making it more accessible and user-friendly for non-specialists".

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