Northern Ireland - High Performance Computing Facility
We partnered with Queen’s University Belfast to establish the Northern Ireland High Performance Computing (NIHPC) Facility.
A grant of £2.1 million was awarded from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) via the Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) and its national Tier-2 HPC initiative for the state-of-the-art computing facility. The Tier-2 HPC services are an interfacing layer of supercomputing provision between the highest capability national and international HPC services and local computing provision in individual research institutions.
Only one of seven such facilities in the UK, NI-HPC will enable researchers to conduct largescale data analytics, simulation and optimization of AI technologies to significantly enhance research productivity and quality, and to address some of society’s biggest challenges. An aim of the project is to develop the HPC software engineering knowledge and skills in Northern Ireland by providing hands-on technical training, coaching sessions and promoting the adoption of best practices.
We expect this to have a huge impact across a range of disciplines at both universities and industry sectors across Northern Ireland. The funding also enabled us to recruit Ulster’s first dedicated Research Software Engineer, Dr Jose Sanchez-Bornot, who is based at the ISRC.