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About Supercomputing Wales

Supercomputing Wales is a £16m programme of investment, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Welsh Government, to provide university research teams access to powerful computing facilities to undertake high-profile science and innovation projects within the consortium universities – Cardiff University, Swansea University, Bangor University and Aberystwyth University.

The programme includes investment in two upgraded supercomputer hubs and a new group of Research Software Engineers across Wales to develop algorithms and customised software that harnesses the power of the facilities. The facilities are supported by an experienced and specialised technical support team providing wrap-around services.

The aim of the investment is to capture more external research funding, increase scientific partnerships, create highly-skilled research jobs and support collaborations with industrial and other partners. This will provide a step change in supercomputing-enabled scientific research in Wales.


The Facilities

The supercomputer hubs are based at Cardiff and Swansea universities, with research teams across the consortium universities accessing the two hubs through high-speed network connections.

The hubs were upgraded during 2018 with a total of 13,080 processing cores, connected to high speed memory and storage, delivering 1 Petaflop of computing power. This is equivalent to one thousand million million (1015) floating-point operations per second.

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Management Board

The Management Board is the decision-making body for the Supercomputing Wales programme with oversight of all its functions. The Board is Chaired by the Academic Director for Supercomputing Wales, Professor Roger Whitaker.

Board members include the academic lead and senior representative from each of the consortium universities, the Programme Manager and Technical Director.

Programme Team

Academic Director  Professor Roger Whitaker

Technical Director  Professor Martyn Guest

Programme Manager  Catherine Roderick

Technical Manager  Dr Christine Kitchen

Project Administrator  Benjamin Nash

Communications Officer  Ruth Taylor

Senior Project Officer, Swansea University  Ellie Carpenter

Infrastructure Committee

The Infrastructure Committee has technical oversight and support the deployment of the Supercomputing Wales hubs. The Infrastructure Committee works closely with the Management Board to ensure smooth operation of the high performance computing infrastructure.

Academic Leads

Cardiff University  Professor Roger Whitaker
Swansea University  Professor Biagio Lucini
Bangor University  Professor Jonathan Roberts
Aberystwyth University  Professor Reyer Zwiggelaar

Research Software Engineers

The Research Software Engineers (RSEs) work with established research teams within the consortium universities to help deliver software engineering solutions and algorithms that harness multi-core computing for data-driven simulation, translating specific research needs into high performance computing applications, either by porting existing code or designing and developing new software from scratch, as appropriate for each specific problem.

Please refer to the Research section for details on the Supercomputing Wales Research Software Engineers.

Technical Team

Pan Wales:
Lead Engineer Ade Fewings

Swansea University:
Application Support Officer  
Tom Pritchard
Principal Systems Officers  Ian Morris

Cardiff University:
HEC System Engineer  Robert Munn

Supercomputing Wales is a significant investment that represents a major step forward for Wales, contributing towards its’ competitiveness in science, engineering and innovation.

Professor Roger Whitaker

Academic Director, Supercomputing Wales
Cardiff University

Get in touch

Supercomputing Wales
Data Innovation Research Institute
Cardiff University
Trevithick Building
CF24 3AA