June 22–26, 2014
Leipzig, Germany

Presentation Details

Name: Industry Engagement at the STFC Hartree Centre: Utilising HPC, Cloud & Big Data
Time: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
09:00 am - 09:20 am
Room:   Hall 2
CCL - Congress Center Leipzig
Breaks:07:30 am - 10:00 am Welcome Coffee
Speaker:   Mike Ashworth, STFC
Abstract:   STFC’s Hartree Centre is an industrial gateway to world-class high performance computing (HPC) and simulation technology. A research collaboratory in association with IBM and underpinned by £56.5 million of government funding, it is home to the UK’s most powerful supercomputer dedicated to the development, deployment and demonstration of new software, enabling new HPC collaborations that promote UK economic growth. The Hartree Centre uses modelling, simulation and visualisation facilities to enable business growth and competitiveness and is active in promoting the uptake of new and emerging technologies including the Cloud, and accelerator-based, data-intensive and energy efficient systems.
The use of HPC and cloud systems especially for enterprise users is inhibited by the learning curve associated with developing models and running simulations on such systems. Often HPC experts can encapsulate simulation runs for others but this becomes a bottleneck as the experts will often focus upon running jobs for others rather than developing new models and simulation capabilities.  We will present work carried out with Unilever and IBM which is based around accessible workflows that enable scientists and engineers to use modeling and simulation on HPC and cloud architectures to explore their area of science and application without having to become computational experts. We will also discuss work on the Square Kilometre Array project which aims to use the latest data streaming technologies to facilitate the processing and storage of huge amounts of data from what will be the world's biggest telescope - and one of the biggest scientific projects – ever!