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ARCCA: Enhancing Research Impact

The impact of ARCCA's HPC services on the research agenda of Cardiff University can be assessed by recording the outcomes of the user community; in terms of journal publications, conference proceedings, presentations and posters facilitated by ARCCA resources.


The number of research outcomes in each category by School

Research completed using ARCCA's facilities from the start of service in August 2008 through to April 2011 has resulted in 209 journal publications, 65 conference proceedings and papers, and 139 invited lectures and presentations. By way of summary, we present in the table below the number of research outcomes in each category by school.


School Journal publications Conference proceedings and papers Invited lectures, presentations Posters Research projects etc. Totals
BIOSI 6   39
CARBS 10   212
CHEMY 31 43130105
COMSC 662 216
CPLAN  1  12
DENTL 214 29
EARTH 1115861555
ENGIN and MEC 33281 769
HISAR 10 16 211
MEDIC 11 72525
MATHS 19213  34
PHRMY     11
PSYCH 1    1
PHYSX 55123954115
SOCSI 3 2  5
ARCCA 11 4  15
TOTALS 209 65 139 14 74 501

The number of research outcomes in each category by School


This data is under continual refinement, in consultation with the researchers involved, in an effort to maintain an updated picture of research impact.

These tables show a gratifying increase in outputs that reflects the growth in the community – from some 140 users in September 2009 to the current figure of 360 users. A comparison of the figures above with those from corresponding services at the same level of maturity is encouraging:  the Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC), a national service that commenced operation in 2005, reported 34 journal publications in 2006, 31 in 2007 and 40 in 2008. HPCx, the UK's primary national supercomputing centre between 2002 and 2007, produced 119 publications in the period from 2003 to 2005. 

The ARCCA figures also compare favourably with publications derived from other Cardiff University facilities such as Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) with a total of 113 publications in the period 2006 to 2011.

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Publication and Conference Proceedings Associated with the ARCCA and CUBRIC Facilities

A comparison of the number of journal publications and conference proceedings, as a function of time, for both facilities is shown in the tables below:


Year Publications Conference Proceedings Total
TOTAL 209 65 274



Year Publications


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