HPC Midlands Launch - Welcome Message from Robert Allison, Loughborough University Vice Chancellor


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Professor Robert Allison, Loughborough University's Vice Chancellor, and Professor Steve Rothberg, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Enterprise, welcome delegates to the HPC Midlands launch event. For more information, please see http://hpc-midlands.ac.uk

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  • Welcome the formal launch of HPC-Midlands HPC Midlands is a new supercomputing initiative from Loughborough University and the University of Leicester building upon the two institutions’ existing High Performance Computing (HPC) expertise and £1m in funding from EPSRC.The facility is based at Loughborough University’s Science and Enterprise Park providing state-of-the-art e-infrastructure for research and industryCreating a unique supercomputing service that is now open for businessThe University would like to give obvious thanks to the EPSRC; welcoming Dr Tracy Hanlon who will be speaking later on this morningThanks to our partners at the University of Leicester – (Professor) Hongbiao Dong, Professor of Materials EngineeringAnd of course to our own HPC team here at Loughborough UniversityDr Steven Kenny, Director of HPC-Midlands; andMartin Hamilton, Deputy DirectorLast but not least our Enterprise Office building the business-facing service that is making HPC-Midlands such a unique facility(That’s a seamless segue to Steve Rothberg!)For Info Only: Below is the university press release Latest news from Loughborough University4 March 2013 | PR 13/30Supercomputing facility and expertise open for industrial benefitLoughborough University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Allison, is introduced to HPC Midlands.HPC Midlands, a new supercomputing facility based at Loughborough University’s Science and Enterprise Park, provides state-of-the-art e-infrastructure for research and industry.High performance computing (HPC) is used to process vast quantities of data and undertake complex calculations. It has the potential to act as a catalyst for breakthroughs across a wide range of sectors including bio-informatics, engineering, finance, manufacturing, power generation, molecular modelling, science, and weather forecasting.The 3,000 core supercomputer at the heart of HPC Midlands, combined with high performance computing expertise from Loughborough University and the University of Leicester, is now available for business and industry to use as a crucial tool for driving innovation. On Wednesday 20 March, companies will have the opportunity to find out how access to the HPC Midlands supercomputer could benefit their business. The launch event at Loughborough University will give delegates the chance to meet the team behind HPC Midlands; explore opportunities for collaboration; and view case studies, showing how successful businesses including Tata Steel, E.ON and Rolls Royce already benefit from working closely with HPC Midlands. Researchers with a record of using high performance computing to solve industrially relevant problems will be on-hand to discuss what the facility is able to offer industry. Dr Steven Kenny, Director of HPC Midlands said: “Since establishing HPC Midlands with the financial backing of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, we have worked closely with academic colleagues and a range of industrial partners to refine the service to ensure that it meets business as well as academic needs. Now we are ready to invite small and large businesses with specialist computing requirements to come along and see how they can benefit from this world-class facility.”More information about the event – including how to register – can be found at www.lboro.ac.uk/microsites/hpc or by contacting Peter Strutton on 01509 223110 or at kt@lboro.ac.uk
  • 16,106 students2,569 international students1,198 PhD students26% postgraduate74% undergraduate3,230 staff707 research and teaching63 teaching and scholarship333 research437 acre campusCirca 5,800 students accommodated on campus1,700 people work in companies and organisations based on campus£234.2M turnoverFunding Council £71.7M (30.8%)Academic Fees £64.5M (27.7%)External research funding £35.9M (15.4%)
  • To make way for Steven Kenny you could round off with something like:HPC-Midlands is one of our most recent flagship projects where our Research and Enterprise activities have come together to see the University break new ground for the Higher Education sector and offer a unique service for cutting-edge businesses large and smallHand over to Steven Kenny
  • HPC Midlands Launch - Welcome Message from Robert Allison, Loughborough University Vice Chancellor

    1. 1. Professor Robert AllisonVice Chancellor, Loughborough University
    2. 2. Welcome to Loughborough University
    3. 3. Welcome to HPC-Midlands
    4. 4. Professor Steve RothbergPro Vice Chancellor (Enterprise)
    5. 5. Over 100 Years of Education and Innovation• The University dates back to 1909• Dr Herbert Schofield, Principal, Loughborough Colleges, 1915- 1950 – “training on production” in an “institutional factory” was the foundation of today’s University committed to serving the needs of business and industry• The University received its Royal Charter on 19th April 1966 to become Britain’s first technological University• Ten Schools with 16,000 students & 1,100 academic and research staff – Over 2500 international students from over 100 countries – 1200 PhD students – 1000 students on placement in 600 companies
    6. 6. Unrivalled business and industrial links• International reputation for our partnerships – Long-standing collaborative links with companies such as Ford, Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar, E.ON & adidas – Alongside Cambridge, more collaborative research (per head) than any other UK university• Support for start-up businesses • 14 graduate start-up in our incubator (the Studio) • 20 high-tech start-ups in our campus Innovation Centre • 30 University spin-out companies, led by Intelligent Energy• An expanding Science and Enterprise Park • 1700 staff employed by campus-partners • £1bn Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) • Plans to treble size of Science and Enterprise Park