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New supercomputing capacity set to give UK research a boost


University led programs will look at everything from surface degradation to food security.

The UK’s supercomputing capacity is getting a £30 million cash injection which is intended to boost scientific breakthroughs. The investment includes £27 million from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) which will be spent on computer hardware in seven facilities. 

The new capacity will be used across several areas, including the design of better batteries and improved drug design. Queens University Belfast and Ulster University will lead a project focused on AI-based research. It will investigate neurotechnology and bio-inspired computing, heterogeneous catalysis, improved drug targeting and the large scale study small molecules for improved food security. 

Meanwhile University College London (UCL) has received £4.5 million to build a supercomputer centre, doubling its existing capacity, as part of its leadership of the Materials and Molecular Modelling Hub. The Hub’s work includes understanding and preventing surface degradation on a range of materials. The research will help with predictions about material properties, with a view to understanding how they function.  

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