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Alison Kennedy Profile, Director of the STFC Hartree Centre

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Alison Kennedy Profile, Director of the STFC Hartree Centre

Alison Kennedy is the Director of the STFC Hartree Centre, based at the UK’s Science and Facilities Council’s National Laboratory. The STFC’s Hartree Centre is a high performance computing (HPC) and data analytics research facility which was founded by the government in collaboration with IBM, leaders of information technology.

Bringing a wealth of experience in leading HPC projects within the UK, Alison Kennedy is also Chair of the Board of Directors of The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE). Alison strongly believes that: “the collaboration between the UK’s world-leading infrastructures is instrumental in delivering the business benefits of investment in high-end technology and supporting services to the UK.”

A continued growth and development of the Hartree Centre following the UK government and IBM’s recent five year investment is promised by Alison Kennedy which consequently will enable the UK industry to exploit opportunities presented by big data and cognitive computing technologies. The Hartree Centre’s mission is to transform the competiveness of UK industry through HPC, cognitive technologies and big data by collaborating academies researchers and a wide range of companies.

Dr Andrew Taylor, Executive Director of STFC’s National Laboratories added that: “Alison Kennedy is an inspirational and experienced technologist and so we are delighted that she has agreed to join the Hartree Centre at such a key time in its evolution.”

Come along and see Alison Kennedy as she chairs the HPC and Big Data Conference on the 6th February 2018 at the Victoria Park Plaza in London. Alison Kennedy will introduce delegates from the Conference to a streamed programme exploring the innovations in key areas of computational research across the public and private sector as well as exascale computing, artificial intelligence, upcycling, infrastructure components and more.

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