N8 High Performance Computing
N8 HPC has now become the N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR)
N8 High Performance Computing (N8 HPC) provided academic and industry researchers with access to a high performance computing facility alongside support and expertise to make the most of the opportunities provided by this technology.
Based at the University of Leeds and run jointly with the University of Manchester and all N8 partners between 2013-2018, the £3.25m facility offered high performance computing on a scale which previously had not been readily available to researchers in the North. N8 HPC operated Polaris, which was capable of a peak performance of 110 trillion operations per second.
In addition to providing a shared facility for academic research, N8 HPC successfully seeded engagement between industry and academia around research using e-infrastructure, and the development and sharing of skills and equipment across the N8 partnership via the facilitation of networks of people. N8 HPC worked with industry regardless of high performance computing experience. Training and skills development was available to enable industrial partners to use high performance computing for the first time or to expand on current usage.
A total of 90 companies worked with N8 academics using N8 HPC for collaborative academic research, leading to the creation of more than 30 industry-related PhD studentships. N8 HPC also featured in 76 grant applications, with a value of over £60m, and 377 research papers published have referenced its use.
Following the decommissioning of the shared facility in 2018, the work of N8 HPC continues via the N8 Centre of Excellence in Computationally Intensive Research (N8 CIR). Copies of the N8 HPC annual reports are available to download below.