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Major investment in equipment

20 October 2007

Photo of the Helix cluster

Photo of the Helix cluster. Image courtesy of Helix Management Committee and the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences, © Copyright Cardiff University 2007

ARCCA is investing in leading-edge IT equipment to transform the University's advanced research computing programme.

The new supercomputers, funded by a substantial Science Research Infrastructure Funding (SRIF3) grant from HEFCW, will be available to all academic Schools at Cardiff University.

"We are proud to be making this investment on behalf of the University," said Professor Martyn Guest, Director of Advanced Research Computing @ Cardiff (ARCCA). "We are working in close partnership with the key academic researchers to ensure the new equipment fulfils their research needs."

ARCCA is currently going through the official tendering process and working with several high-quality supercomputer vendors, to ensure the University selects the best supplier. It is planned for the new equipment to be chosen towards the end of 2007 and to be fully operational by April 2008.

There is already a huge diversity of research applications which use this kind of technology at the University. This investment is expected to improve the quality, quantity and impact of the University's existing research enabling portfolio, as well as stimulate many more new and interdisciplinary research opportunities.

ARCCA will also work closely with the University's Information Services Directorate (INSRV) to ensure good synergy with other key research enabling projects, such as the Modern IT Working Environment (MWE). The MWE will make new tools available to the University's staff and students, transforming their everyday interactions and working practices. In the longer term, this will ensure maximum availability and ease of use of advanced research computing tools for all the researchers who need them. The ARCCA team will also provide expertise to widen access to the facilities.

Moreover, ARCCA will work with external clients and partners to allow them to access the facilities to enable their research ambitions.