Collaboration with Esteem helps N8 secure £3.25m of research funding

Esteem, a specialist HPC solutions provider, today announced that the N8 Research Partnership (N8), a consortium of eight universities in the North of England, has deployed a new supercomputer cluster, based on SGI technology.

Esteem Systems, a specialist HPC solutions provider, today announced that the N8 Research Partnership (N8), a consortium of eight universities in the North of England, has deployed a new supercomputer cluster, based on SGI technology. The system, located at the University of Leeds, is one of the largest HPC clusters in the region. It will be used by researchers from all eight partner universities and selected commercial organisations for a variety of compute intensive tasks in computational fluid dynamics, computational chemistry, physics, and biosciences.

The system has been designed, installed and commissioned by Esteem which has a long and successful history in providing compute intensive solutions to universities within the N8. Esteem Systems worked hand in hand with N8’s bid leaders, The University of Manchester and the University of Leeds, to secure £3.25m worth of research funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for the project. This funding was available as part of the EPSRC’s strategic investment in e-Infrastructure for research.

“Through this investment we are aiming to engage a new generation of researchers and industrial partners and equip them with the HPC skills and hardware that they need to commission and deliver world class science” said principle investigator for the N8 HPC project Professor Chris Taylor. “The close working relationship with Esteem and SGI, together with their early involvement has laid a solid foundation for these goals, making it possible to achieve delivery against the extremely tight funding application and deployment schedules.”

Alastair Kitching, Sales & Marketing Director of Esteem said “This HPC facility will accelerate the N8 and the North of England as global centres of excellence in the research and development sector. We are delighted to have played a key role in helping to secure the funding and in designing and building the HPC platform for the N8 consortium.”

To fulfil its ambition N8 needed a HPC system that delivered the highest levels of performance and a partner that could offer expert collaboration that would deliver further value to researchers.

The system will deliver a significant cost saving for the Partnership by eradicating duplicated operational and maintenance costs that would otherwise result from individual HPC provisions.

Rod Evans, vice president for EMEA for SGI, SAID: “We are delighted to have been selected by N8, this project is a great example of the intelligent pooling of resources delivering a world class research facility. The UK as a whole will benefit directly from access to this significant compute power and indirectly from the expanding pool of talent capable of applying HPC technology which N8’s research is developing. With STFC’s Hartree Centre and DiRAC facilities also in the vicinity the North of England is now a supercomputing hotspot.”

Article published: 12/07/2012

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