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First Supercomputer of its Kind Made Available in UK Will Accelerate Innovation and Time-to-Insight in Commerce and Academia

Loughborough, March  20, 2013 -

A brand new 3,000 core Sandy Bridge based supercomputer, implemented and managed by Bull Information Systems will power the new HPC Midlands facility at Loughborough University, which is being launched today. In addition, Bull is helping to make the powerful new supercomputer available as a managed service to both industry and academia in the region and beyond via the JANET network.

HPC Midlands is a joint venture between Loughborough University and the University of Leicester and is backed by £1 million funding from the UK Government agency, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Based at the University's Science and Enterprise Park, the new facility provides state-of-the-art e-infrastructure for research and industry.

Bull's success in winning the new contract followed the issuing of a tender and a competitive bid process. Bull's success was partly based on its existing relationship with Loughborough University, where the technology it supplied had consistently proved to be stable, highly-available and operationally and environmentally efficient.

"HPC Midlands is a ground-breaking new initiative which is all about universities and research organisations working more closely with industry to improve the economic environment," says Andrew Carr, CEO, Bull UK & Ireland. "It is about prioritising research that has direct economic benefits for both academic and industrial organisations."

The Bull supercomputer is already being used for testing and live operational projects, and combined with high-performance computing (HPC) expertise from the two universities is now available for businesses to use as a tool for driving innovation.

The HPC Midlands launch, taking place at Loughborough University, gives delegates the chance to meet the team behind the new facility; explore opportunities for collaboration; and view case studies, showing how successful businesses including Tata Steel, E.ON and Rolls Royce already benefit from working closely with HPC Midlands. Researchers with a record of using high performance computing to solve industrially relevant problems will be on-hand to discuss what the facility is able to offer industry.

More information about the HPC Midlands launch event can be found at www.lboro.ac.uk/microsites/hpc.

About HPC Midlands

HPC Midlands is a £1m EPSRC-funded project which builds on the high performance computing expertise at Loughborough University and the University of Leicester. The key component of HPC Midlands is a new 3,000 core Sandy Bridge based supercomputer which is housed at Loughborough and available to research and industry via the JANET network. High performance computing enables the processing of immense quantities of data to solve advanced computation problems across all sectors. Undertaking highly calculation-intensive tasks, high performance computing can be used to:

  • Complete large-scale research projects

  • Conduct simulations and modelling of complex processes

  • Create computer visualisations that explain research results

  • Develop and redesign products

  • Enhance production and delivery processes

  • Form and analyse large datasets

  • Perform consumer trend monitoring, searching or profiling

  • Store large amounts of data for future analysis

HPC Midlands has the infrastructure and expert team to work with businesses of all sizes as well as researchers to make this prestige facility a crucial tool for driving innovation. More information about HPC Midlands can be found at www.hpc-midlands.ac.uk

About Loughborough University

Loughborough is one of the country's leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines. It was awarded the coveted Sunday Times University of the Year 2008-09 title, and is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in national newspaper league tables. In the 2011 National Student Survey, Loughborough was voted one of the top universities in the UK, and has topped the Times Higher Education league for the Best Student Experience in England every year since the poll's inception in 2006. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes. It is a member of the 1994 Group of 11 leading research-intensive universities. The Group was established in 1994 to promote excellence in university research and teaching. Each member undertakes diverse and high-quality research, while ensuring excellent levels of teaching and student experience.

About Bull, Architect of an Open World

Bull is an Information Technology company, dedicated to helping corporations and public sector organisations optimise the architecture, operations and the financial return of their information systems and their mission-critical related businesses. Bull focuses on open and secure systems, and as such is the only European-based company offering expertise in all the key elements of the IT value chain. For more information visit: http://www.bull.co.uk or follow on Twitter @Bull_UK

For further information please contact:

Tom Webb - The Whiteoaks Consultancy - Phone: +44 (0) 1252 727313 - Email: tomw@whiteoaks.co.uk


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