High Performance Computing Wales

High Performance Computing Wales (HPC Wales) was a £44million five-year project (2010–2015) to provide Wales with a world class facility in High Performance Computing, accessible to both academic and commercial organisations based in Wales. The project aimed to give Wales a supercomputing capacity and network at a scale not attempted anywhere else in the UK or Europe.[1] It is being followed by another five-year, £15million programme of investment called Supercomputing Wales.

HPC Wales invested in state-of-the-art computing technology, infrastructure and facilities on a pan-Wales basis, high level skills development and training. It was estimated that the project would result in the creation of over 400 jobs.[1][2]

The project is financially supported by:[3]

Announced in December 2009 by then Welsh Secretary Peter Hain,[4] the project was formally launched in July 2010 by Deputy First Minister and Minister for the Economy and Transport, Ieuan Wyn Jones.[1][2][5]

Two main computer hubs were created in Cardiff University and Swansea University, with connection to partners Aberystwyth, Bangor, Glamorgan, the University of Wales Alliance Universities and Technium business innovation centres around Wales.[1] Professor Ian Cluckie was Chair of HPC Wales's Procurement Committee, and Pro Vice Chancellor for Science and Engineering at Swansea University.[1][5]

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  1. ^ a b c d e Daniel Fisher (12 July 2010). "£40m to upgrade business computing". Western Mail. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Super computer help for research and business in Wales". BBC News. 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Swansea Met Support for High Performance Computing Wales". Swansea metropolitan University. 12 July 2010. Archived from the original on 8 October 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2010.
  4. ^ Nicole Kobie (14 December 2009). "Wales HPC will create 400 jobs in the high-tech sector". ITPro. Retrieved 10 July 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Official launch of High Performance Computing Wales". abayoflife.com. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 10 July 2010.