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Issue 481, 7 May 2002

White Rose Rolls

Aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce will be among the first companies to benefit from a new 'superinternet' facility at the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York.

The £2.8m computation grid system – the first of its kind in Europe – will also provide high performance computing services for researchers working on the same projects but based in different locations, with massive computational power well beyond the capability of a single university.

One major research project will download aircraft flight data and run it through the computational grid system, providing better diagnosis of engine maintenance problems. Other applications include the automobile industry and monitoring new medical treatments and drug development.

University of Leeds Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Alan Wilson said: "The grid is an important development in university collaboration and will benefit researchers enormously in a wide range of disciplines. It will also have positive effects in terms of attracting and retaining the very best academics in the Yorkshire region."

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