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Construction to begin on £30m supercomputing centre

by Sion Geschwindt
Construction to begin on £30m supercomputing centre

Construction work is about to start on a £30m supercomputing centre at the Sci-Tech Daresbury science and innovation campus in Cheshire, England.

The new centre is part of the £210m Hartree National Centre for Digital Innovation (HNCDI), comprising £172m in Government funding via UK Research and Innovation and a £38m in-kind contribution from IBM.

The planning and preparatory work of the new start-of-the-art 33,000 sq ft supercomputing centre is now complete and building work is imminent.

The HNCDI is bringing together world-leading expertise with innovative artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum computing technology. The centre aims to offer the public and private sectors access to cutting-edge computing that will aid breakthroughs in discovery and innovation.

The new supercomputing centre will build on the research carried out at Daresbury Laboratory since 1962, which has helped in the creation of new cancer therapies, cleaner fuel, and energy.

Several of the key partners in the project used the 60th anniversary of the Daresbury Laboratory on Thursday (July 14th) to take part in a photoshoot to mark the milestone.

Paul Vernon, head of STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, said: “Every day there’s incredible research happening right here which has the potential to improve our lives. We remain today as committed as we have ever been to supporting excellent research and providing access to world-class research facilities and expertise to solve real world challenges.”

Image: Several of the key partners in the project

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