June 7, 2024, by Digital Research

Introducing Ada, the University of Nottingham’s new, most powerful HPC service

As one of the UK’s leading research universities, we are renowned for the strength, quality and breadth of our research and teaching capabilities.

To further bolster our commitment to research excellence, we are delighted to share that we have implemented a new, state-of-the-art High-Performance Computing (HPC) system.

The names of the new facility, “Ada”, is a nod to Ada Lovelace, the gifted mathematician recognised for creating the first computer programme. The name is a fitting tribute to this female pioneer, who also had ancestral ties to Nottinghamshire.

Ada replaces our former HPC facility, Augusta, which was in place for five years.

Professor Jonathan Hirst, Professor of Computational Chemistry comments: “technology continues to evolve at an extraordinary pace and it is crucial to ensure our HPC infrastructure can meet growing demand accordingly. Ada will be available for experimentation beyond larger, funded projects, leading to more ambitious research and enabling funding, more high-quality outputs and increased inter-disciplinary collaboration”.

Professor Phil Williams, Professor of Biophysics adds: “the new facility will enhance research capabilities across a wide range of disciplines, fuelling innovation and growth in strategic areas of the University, such as quantum technologies, nanoscience, artificial intelligence, imaging, and bioinformatics. It’s a really exciting step forward for the University of Nottingham”.


What is a HPC facility?

The on-site High-Performance Computer (HPC) is available to any UoN research student or member of academic staff.

The HPC allows users to process, analyse and store increasingly large amounts of data and perform complex calculations at high speed to enable high quality and valuable research outputs.

The new HPC service will also support computationally intensive research performed in areas of the university that are not traditional users of high-performance computing.

Strategic partner OCF was responsible for the design, development, and installation of the cutting-edge HPC facility.


Access, guides, and more information

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