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A fair wind for HPC

Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR), led by five-time Olympic medal-winner Sir Ben Ainslie, aims to ‘bring the America’s Cup home to Britain’ in 2017. And on 4 December, delegates attending the new HPC in Industry’ event at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK, will be able to hear Rodrigo Azcueta, who heads BAR’s Design and Computational Fluid Dynamics, explain how high-performance computing (HPC) can help the team win.

Azcueta’s insight into the high-tech, highly competitive, world of high-performance yacht racing is just one of eight examples of how the applications of HPC extend beyond research to embrace sport and entertainment, engineering and industry. All will be discussed during this new event ‘HPC in Industry’, jointly organised by Scientific Computing World and the UK’s Hartree Centre with the aim of fostering the wider take-up of high-performance computing.

It extends for industrial users – and those who might potentially want to use HPC in industry – the programme of the Daresbury Machine Evaluation Workshop (MEW) which has, traditionally, been more directed to academics. Plenty of time is scheduled between the presentations – from companies such as Jaguar Land Rover – for delegates to attend the exhibition of 40 of the leading hardware and software vendors, who will have experts on hand to answer questions.

This year marks the Machine Evaluation Workshop’s 25th Anniversary, and MEW25 will bring together the leading academic computational scientists from across the UK with the people who run the clusters on behalf of the academic community, and the vendors.

Based in Daresbury, UK, the Hartree Centre is part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), a non-departmental public body which receives Government funding. MEW is organised by the STFC’s scientific computing department, and aims to encourage closer relationships between research communities and major HPC vendors. But this year, the programme is complemented by the launch of a third day, extending the audience beyond academe, and focusing on the commercial application of HPC, data analytics, and visualisation.

‘The Hartree Centre works very closely with high-profile companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Syngenta, Unilever, and Bentley Motors to deliver competitive advantage by applying high-performance computing within their respective industries,’ commented Michael Gleaves, head of business development at the Hartree Centre. ‘The relationships we have with our industrial partners in those spaces, and with Scientific Computing World, will ensure that the HPC in Industry programme truly showcases the fact that to out compute is to out compete.’

Programme and Speakers:

The importance of high performance networking for a modern day cluster (Andy Searle, Jaguar Land Rover)

Accelerating product development using HPC (James McClung and Mark Alsopp, ClusterVision)

Moving Picture Company – cost effective post-production for media (Richard Hastie, Mellanox)

HPC for Analytics Enterprise – how an entertainment company gains actionable insight from streaming social media (Ian Bird, Cray)

Extreme HPC - Competing in tough conditions (Rodrigo Azcueta, Ben Ainslie Racing)

Winds of Change – the use of HPC within the wind energy engineering sector (Jamil Appa, Zenotech)

Maximum Performance Computing in Practice (Oskar Mencer, Maxeler)

A year in the life of the Hartree Centre (Michael Gleaves, STFC)

To register for the event, and for further details, please visit

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