Researchers across Wales capitalize on the high-performance computing resources of Supercomputing Wales to drive discovery and innovation — and find answers to hard scientific questions.
Supercomputers make it possible for researchers to address questions that couldn’t be easily answered by other means, including investigations conducted in laboratories and on desktop systems.
This is the case at Supercomputing Wales, where researchers use high performance computing clusters to investigate the types of problems that require massive amounts of compute power. From modelling the power of the sea as a low-carbon energy source to improving the speed and accuracy of tuberculosis testing, researchers draw on the resources of Supercomputing Wales to drive discovery, innovation and scientific breakthroughs. Here is a small sample of the wide-ranging scientific investigations facilitated by Supercomputing Wales.
Near real-time monitoring of land use
The Living Wales research team at Aberystwyth University has joined forces with Supercomputing Wales to produce land cover and change of use maps from satellite images using images from the European Space Agency Sentinel and NASA Landsat Satellites going back to the 1980s. The maps are providing a vital resource for policymaking, planning, education and agriculture.
Recognizing specific foods in MRI scans using deep learning
A research team from Bangor University, Basrh University in Iraq, and INRA-AgroParisTech in France used a deep convolutional neural network (CNN) to gain a better understanding of the kinetics of human gastric emptying. In this study, the researchers showed that a CNN can automatically label the contents of the stomach shown in MRI images with a high degree of accuracy.
A next-generation comjugate gradient benchmark from computational particle physics
Researchers at Swansea University in collaboration with DiRAC institutions developed SOMBRERO a HiRep research code to overcome challenges presented by Lattice Field Theory calculations. SOMBRERO was used for technical commissioning of the new DiRAC 3 facilities for the UK physics community presenting future investigations for porting to GPU and hybrid multithread-MPI parallelism using SYCL.
Impact of sea level rise on UK coasts
Researchers from Cardiff University drew on the power of HPC clusters and large-scale modelling to predict the effects of increased wave heights on the evolution of the UK coasts. In this study, researchers used an ocean model that includes momentum, continuity, temperature, salinity and density equations.
This is just a small teaser for the amazing research being done with help of Supercomputing Wales and its HPC clusters from Atos and Dell Technologies.
A Center of Excellence
Supercomputing Wales is a strategic program of investment in the University sector in Wales led by Cardiff University, in a consortium with Aberystwyth, Bangor and Swansea universities. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through Welsh Government, this program provides researchers across Wales with access to powerful computing facilities for science and innovation projects.
At the heart of the Supercomputing Wales initiative is a center of excellence spearheaded by two global leaders in digital transformation, Atos and Dell Technologies. This Center of Excellence (CoE) provides Welsh researchers with leading-edge HPC equipment, software and services, including a supercomputer, and on-demand cloud-based supercomputing simulation and services.
With the HPC systems and expertise of Supercomputing Wales and the Atos — Dell Technologies Supercomputing Centre of Excellence, researchers have access to the resources they need to simulate and solve complex scientific problems — and keep the nation of Wales at the forefront of theoretical science and technical innovation.
For a closer look at the systems in the Supercomputing Wales environment, see the Dell Technologies case study “World-Class Research.” Learn more about Dell Technologies HPC & AI Centers of Excellence.
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