Reporter 413, 26 January 1998

State-of-the-art super computer rewards successful research bid

The University has been awarded nearly £420,000, to be matched by industry funding, for state-of-the-art facilities for computational modelling research. A high performance 32-processor origin computer will support projects in eight departments across three research schools, including:

The Environment Centre, Physics and Astronomy and Food Sciences will also be shareholders in the new computer.

The School of Computer Studies will research and build the software and visualisation underpinning detailed studies in computational fluid dynamics, molecular modelling and computational solid mechanics.

“This facility will enable us to remain competitive in all these areas by providing much more realistic simulations,” said project co-ordinator Professor Peter Dew. “We are grateful for the support provided by Professor Alan Watson and his successor as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for IT, Professor Chris Taylor.”

The project is one of 68 successful bids nationally to the Higher Education Funding Council for England’s Joint Research Equipment Initiative.

Funding will be matched by Silicon Graphics International, which is providing the computer. Participating departments and central administration will also be contributing further sums.

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