The energy, life science and finance sectors could benefit from an initiative that could enable them to channel Scotland’s supercomputing power and expertise.
Scottish Enterprise and Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre, part of the University of Edinburgh, have launched Supercomputing Scotland, a three-year programme to improve product and service design for companies.
Businesses of all sizes are said to be able to use HECToR, the UK’s most powerful supercomputer, to model and simulate new designs.
Dr Mark Parsons, executive director of the centre, said: “Throughout its 21-year history, EPCC (Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre) has always sought to increase the number of Scottish companies using our supercomputers.
“The Supercomputing Scotland initiative will help us to do just that. High-performance computers can be a key enabler of economic growth, and Scottish companies should share in the benefits.”
The centre manages a collection of computer systems such as HECToR, a UK national service.
Jan Reid, who heads Scottish Enterprise’s enabling technologies team, said: “This is all about giving Scottish companies access to a tool that can really help drive their product and service innovation, leading to company growth and ultimately boosting the Scottish economy.
“By harnessing this computer power for modelling and simulation purposes, companies large and small can take advantage of a cost and time-effective way to develop higher-quality end products. In a global market place, we need to ensure our companies can create and maintain a competitive edge. This technology means they can do this and more.”
Supercomputing Scotland said it will advise companies on how to use high-performance computers.
Source : Orange News