New HPC institute set for Wales

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HPC Wales is a new HPC institute that is being set up to help businesses across the principality benefit from access to the latest computing technology, expert advice and training.

HPC Wales will focus on driving innovation and business growth in key high-value industrial sectors. The project is being co-funded with £10m from the UK Department for Business's Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), which targets support on particular markets and technologies where the UK has proven strengths and competitive potential.

HPC Wales will provide businesses with access to state-of-the-art facilities, as well as offering consultancy services and tailored training packages to enhance workforce skills. It will seek to stimulate business growth by encouraging companies to share knowledge and collaborate on product development, and by supporting new start-ups with vital advice and guidance.

HPC Wales will be delivered through the Universities of Swansea and Cardiff, which will provide the technology and skills base to support research and development projects.

The project is expected to create more than 400 new jobs across the digital, low-carbon, health, bio-science, engineering and advanced manufacturing sectors. The majority of these will be in highly-skilled technical and scientific fields, including image processing, animation, 3D visualisation, data mining and simulations.