I’m very pleased to welcome you all to the October 2014 edition of our quarterly newsletter, NewsByte. The last few months have been exceptionally busy for HPC Wales and have seen us reach a number of record new milestones in the history of the venture. Our Skills Academy, which delivers a variety of courses and workshops aimed at building skills in high performance computing (HPC), has seen the total number of students trained more than double in the past 12 months, to a total of over 1,500.
We’ve now provided over 2,000 individuals with access to our distributed supercomputing network and assisted over 200 enterprises create more than 400 new products, processes and services. The venture has fostered over 100 collaborative partnerships between business and academia, helped create over 100 jobs and induced over £3.6m of investment into Wales.
The success seen in Wales in engaging with the SME community in particular has been recognised Internationally, leading to this month’s launch of an HPC service offering in Northern Ireland, in collaboration with Fujitsu. As part of our activity within the creative industries sector, we were also delighted to be able to partner with BAFTA Wales in this year’s Awards Ceremony and look forward to working with the organisation over the coming year.
I’ve been with HPC Wales for just over 4 months now and am continually amazed by the innovative and entrepreneurial nature of SMEs here in Wales and the ground breaking nature of the research being conducted on the HPC Wales system.
If you would like to know more or discuss a project idea, get in touch.