Case studies from the Hartree Centre

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    Monday11Apr 2016

    The Hartree Centre has given us some background on what they do along with a few case studies which highlight the exciting uses of data.

As part of techUK’s Data Driven Economy Week the Hartree Centre has given us some background on what they do along with a few case studies which highlight the exciting uses of data.

There are many opportunities to explore the potential uses of big data and data analytics. The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s Hartree Centre does exactly this.

The Hartree Centre is accelerating the adoption of data-centric computing, big data and cognitive technologies to enhance UK industry’s competitiveness.

In a fast-paced, global marketplace, quicker and more cost-effective research and development is core to gaining competitive advantage and higher return on investment.

Backed by over £170M of funding from the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, the Hartree Centre works with clients and partners to generate valuable insights which enable UK industry to address real-life business challenges and deliver transformative gains in performance, innovation and time to market.

It does this through five core offerings:

Collaborative R&D- Working collaboratively with clients to create value by speeding up their R&D, improving processes and reducing costs. They also identify solutions that could help an organisation to take positive action to achieve their sustainability objectives

Proof of technology –Working with inventors and early adopters of technology, within a business environment, on projects to demonstrate the application of modelling, data science or cognitive computing to create technical innovation for industry

Software development and optimisation - Helping organisations to optimise existing codes or write new ones that can utilise multi-core, many-core, and data centric systems – opening up the potential of supercomputing.

Platform as a service -This service provides the power for companies to improve their own products and services for just pence per core hour. Access our computing platforms on a pay as you go basis through their channel partners OCF.

Training and skills – The Hartree Centre runs a wide range of training programmes, workshops and events throughout the year focused on subjects such as data analytics, code optimisation, visualisation, modelling and HPC. This training, often done in collaboration with globally recognised partners such as IBM, Intel, Nvidia, Maxeler and OCF, is addressing the skills shortage in this sector by preparing the next generation of specialists and opening up the power of data-intensive computing and cognitive techniques. One of the most exciting events of the year is the Centre’s Summer Schools (see more below)

Take a look at some of the exciting uses of data from these Hartree Centre case studies:

Revealing the value of open data

Pharmaceutical product design goes digital

Transforming Daresbury into an IoT connected campus

Data Analytics to streamline health costs

Advancing disease mapping techniques with GSK

hartree centre summer school

The Hartree Centre has recently opened registration for their 2016 Summer Schools which will develop core skills in big data, engineering simulation, visualisation and high performance computing (HPC) over four individual weeks of tuition and hands-on training. Just choose the disciplines that best suit your needs – or even attend all four!

If you are at an early stage in your STEM-related career and wanting to improve your job prospects or if you want to upskill your technical staff and exploit these tools for competitive advantage – then the Centre’s Summer Schools are for you!

You can download the flyer below and to find out more and register for a place at the Summer School please click here.

You can find out more about who Hartree Centre is, and how you can collaborate with them on their website. Or you can contact Karen Lee, STFC Hartree Centre Head of Impact and Engagement.


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    Alice Jackson

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Hartree Centre Summer School Flyer (pdf)

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