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  • Envisioning how the use of High Performance Computing can underpin industrial development
  • Investing £4 million in UK Space Agency’s nanosatellites to track ships, planes and weather in some of the world’s most remote regions
  • Creating the ‘Space as a Service’ to go from mission technical architecture to customer data/service verification, along with the ongoing development of critical enabling technologies
  • Outlining further applications of HPC and quantum technologies in other industries

  • Rolling out the adoption of the European Cloud Initiative to respond to the main challenges of realising the Digital Single Market (DSM)
  • Developing a new unit “High Performance Computing & Quantum Technology” to support research into exascale computing technologies and HPC
  • Reforming the “eInfrastructure & Science Cloud” to refocus its activities on the European Cloud Initiative with emphasis on its key components Data Infrastructure and Open Science
  • Ensuring Open access to scientific information by piloting Horizon 2020 to extend and mainstream open access to research data

  • The car industry is developing fast, competition is becoming more fierce by the day, and new products are released at a faster rate
  • These growing car design requirements challenge the car industry’s existing ICT infrastructure, CAE, and other computing assisted applications, promoting the fast, digital transformation of the industry.
  • HPC and Quantum offer several opportunities for car manufacturers to improve all stages of the manufacturing process. Hear how the HPC can transform:
    • Design
    • Safety
    • Traffic Optimisation
    • Battery Life

  • HPC is providing neuroscientists with new computational models and tools to map, analyse and understand the human brain
  • Managing the Human Brain Project, an EU-funded FET Flagship initiative
  • Envisioning how HPC and supercomputing can drive advancements in personalised health and medicine

  • £20m investment from Innovate UK to develop prototype devices and systems that use quantum technology
  • Innovate UK Quantum Competition, that calls for proposals that address four distinct issues:
    • Secure transfers of peer-to-peer data.
    • Increasing productivity in the deployment, improvement or maintenance of buildings and national infrastructure.
    • Improving situational awareness, including ensuring safe transport in hazardous conditions.
    • Improving identification and understanding of states and features that are impossible to see by conventional means, particularly in medical, environmental and security applications.

  • Using the National Quantum Technology Programme to drive development in quantum imaging, sensing, communications and computing into industrial and commercial success
  • Turning quantum technologies into an established and pervasive technology that benefits the UK
  • Growing our leadership position in this transformational domain
  • Preparing for the impact quantum technologies will have in the nearer and longer term

  • A reduction in energy taxation by Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland encouraging growth
  • Availability of hydro-electric and wind energy with up to 15-year competitive fixed price contracts being offered.
  • The Nordic region and China’s One Belt One Road initiative. As China’s giant players begin to expand internationally along these routes, the Nordics can potentially harness new infrastructure investments.
  • Connectivity improvements
  • Fintech driving new investment and enquiry, particularly in Sweden
  • Ease of doing business is an increasingly important factor and most countries in the region have developed sophisticated channels and structures to make the decision for overseas investors as smooth and rapid as possible

  • Integrating IBM POWER9 Servers Existing HPC Infrastructures to run numerical computations that require large memory and fast speed
  • Deploying high performance computing and cloud to support a big-uptake in research into Artificial Intelligence

  • Making best use of Big Data analytics, data science and machine learning to extract insights and drive service transformation
  • Enhancing levels of computer sophistication to run algorithms that can help enhance the veracity of information
  • Sifting through the noise created by Big Data’s massive volume, variety, and velocity and unravelling opportunities for economic growth

  • Launching the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Data Analytics in October, to explore the realm of ‘big data’ and HPC in the UK to help both the private and public sectors
  • Highlighting the importance of ‘big data’, with it set to contribute £20 billion of benefit for central government over five years
  • Breaking down Government departmental silos and improving the quality of data used by the Government
  • Tapping into the expected 157,000 additional jobs and £241 billion gain to UK economy from big data by 202

  • Hosting data from 15 missions with each one of them outputting roughly 1.3 Terabytes of uncompressed data to Earth
  • Managing the continual flow of satellite data to monitor crafts’ status and behaviour in real time
  • Using machine learning, and aiming to embed AI with virtual assistants, to enable automation within the space craft

  • Investing £97m in a new supercomputer building to enable forecast updates every hour and provide very high detail weather information for precise geographical areas
  • Delivering £2bn of benefits to the UK economy by squaring HPC capability with the latest advances in hardware, software and infrastructure
  • Opening the potential for higher resolution models, which would have the ability to pinpoint more detail for small scale, high-impact weather
  • Drawing data from 4,500 observational sources, including 16 operational radar and 330 monitoring stations in the UK, plus 19 satellites, and from other national meteorological services around the world